Summer Engineering Outreach Program for Native Americans

by Omnia El-Hakim, Fort Lewis Coll, Durango, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Water Policy and Management: Solving the Problems


Minorities are significantly underrepresented in engineering, science and math fields in the United States. To attract and retain capable minority students will require the development of programs which motivate, interest and encourage them toward science and engineering. Projects which are designed to involve high school and middle school students in hands-on experiences under the guidance of faculty, teachers and chaperons can provide this type of nurturing and challenging environment. This paper outlines an effective working outreach model which serves primarily young American Indian students. The students participated in teamwork activities by working in small groups. They were able to enhance their communication skills, build self-esteem, and develop leadership qualities.

Subject Headings: Students | Engineering education | School (K-12) | Public information programs | Professional development | Mathematics | Training | United States

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