Engineering the Future

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Dr. Eric Mann and Professor Susan Ipri Brown

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High school students from primarily high-risk backgrounds attended a week-long engineering academy to introduce them to the complementary relationships among science, mathematics, technology and engineering. A coordinated teacher training and high school student engineering summer experience, the inquiry-based program was built around the Engineering the Future curriculum developed at the Boston Museum of Science's National Center for Technological Literacy. The Hope College Center for Exploratory Learning partnered with the Muskegon Area Intermediate School District/Regional Math and Science Center for a second year to recruit teachers to first attend a three day workshop to discuss the use of engineering design as the foundation for STEM learning and to plan the week long student academy in conjunction with Hope College engineering and education students and faculty. Hope pre-service education students gain valuable interactions with practicing teachers; teachers gain hands-on experience using engineering design in their classrooms; and high school students explore fundamental topics in a real-world context.


This research was supported by a grant from the Michigan Space Grant Consortium, by an award to Hope College from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute through the Undergraduate Science Education Program, and the Hope College Deans of Natural and Applied Sciences and Social Sciences.

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