Engineer-in-Training for High School Students:
An Out-of-School Exposure and Inspiration Experience
In 2009, Sigma Xi and the Shodor Education Foundation offered a week-long summer course called Engineer-in-Training for High School Students (EIT) for high school students to explore engineering concepts and vocations. While potentially a good exposure to sound engineering principles and vocational exploration, this program does not provide technical training for any engineering certification examination.
Participants used computers and hands-on experiments to explore the engineering design process for small scale systems including:
- Structural engineering (trusses, span bridges)
- Aeronautical engineering (projectile motion)
- Electrical engineering (circuits and passive electronics)
- Chemical engineering (computer modeling)
- And Biomedical engineering (including discussion on nano-technology)
The Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) sponsored by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) reported in 2007 that North American high school and college completion rates continue to decline while overall science competency and knowledge among U. S. students was well below most Canadian, Western European and developed Asian countries students. Specifically, American students lagged behind in explaining phenomena scientifically, using scientific evidence, understanding living and physical systems. EIT was designed to address these deficits.
Engineer-in-Training for High School Students was just one of the creative partnership solutions that Sigma Xi Chapters and members, academic institutions, companies, and schools took to support, expose and inspire the new generation to greater individual and collective achievement.
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