Engineering the Future Academies

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Dr. Eric Mann and Professor Susan Brown

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Engineering the Future Academies was offered through a partnership between the Center for STEM Inquiry at Hope College and the Muskegon Area Regional Math and Science Center. Designed as a learning experience for high school students, as research and mentorship opportunity for STEM education and engineering majors, and as professional development for teachers, the summer academy immersed four student engineering design teams in a one-week oncampus challenge. Hope College engineering and education majors partnered with area teachers, tailored the curriculum, and assessed the impact of this experience on both teacher and student participants with respect to STEM attitudes, beliefs, and dispositions. Follow-up contact with participating high school students and teachers was conducted during the subsequent school year. A professional development session at the Math and Science Center will be held in the fall of 2015 for 20 additional teachers in which the original summer teachers and undergraduates will play a significant role in their continuing development as future STEM education leaders. We hope the Engineering the Future Academies becomes an integral part of Hope College’s summer opportunities and contributes to ongoing national research efforts seeking ways to engage and retain students in STEM education programs.


This project was supported by a grant from the Michigan Space Grant Consortium.

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