The implementation and evaluation of a university-based outreach laboratory program in electrical engineering

Show simple item record Smaill, Christopher en 2012-02-26T22:44:51Z en 2010 en
dc.identifier.citation IEEE Transactions on Education 53(1):12-17 2010 en
dc.identifier.issn 0018-9359 en
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dc.description.abstract In the current climate of shortages of high-quality engineering graduates, exacerbated by reduced high school enrollments in physics and mathematics, engineering faculties are becoming increasingly aware of the importance of K-12 outreach programs. Such programs can result in students being better prepared for and better informed about engineering careers, with a consequent increase in the number of engineering undergraduates. Almost all outreach programs described in the literature are school-based; by contrast, this paper describes a university-based program. The program was born out of a desire for a university department and a neighboring high school to forge closer links and a need for the high school to provide its students with certain laboratory experiences that would best be realized with the use of specialist equipment. The outreach program provides both formal laboratory experiences and informal presentations by graduate students of their research interests. Follow-up surveys showed that the high school students found the experiences both instructive and motivating, and their knowledge of and interest in electrical engineering increased significantly as a result. All final-year physics students from the high school took part in the 2007 outreach program, and 42% of these students subsequently enrolled in the Bachelor of Engineering degree at the university in 2008. en
dc.publisher IEEE en
dc.relation.ispartofseries IEEE Transactions on Education en
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dc.title The implementation and evaluation of a university-based outreach laboratory program in electrical engineering en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.identifier.doi 10.1109/TE.2009.2022323 en
pubs.issue 1 en
pubs.begin-page 12 en
pubs.volume 53 en
dc.rights.holder Copyright: IEEE en
pubs.end-page 17 en
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pubs.subtype Article en
pubs.elements-id 118678 en
pubs.record-created-at-source-date 2012-02-22 en

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