Archive for December, 2015

Michigan Tech SHPE Student Chapter Spreads the Word about Engineering

Monday, December 7th, 2015

While some students relaxed over the Thanksgiving break, the Michigan Tech Student Chapter of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) was busy spreading the word about engineering as a possible STEM career path. The MTU students conducted a Family Engineering event on November 23 at the Academy of the Americas K-8 school in Detroit. A free pizza dinner for families was provided and students and parents attended three 35-minute activities—designing launchers, creating artistic robots, saving time on the assembly line, and so much more! This event was made possible with a grant from the John Deere Foundation to the Michigan Technological University Center for Science & Environmental Outreach who helped the SHPE chapter prepare for and conduct the event.

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Training Workshops Supported by Michigan Department of Education Grants

Monday, December 7th, 2015

To promote STEM career paths for Michigan middle & high school students, grants were provided for teacher professional development and classroom supplies. Seven schools and 16 teachers participated−with each teacher taking home one Family Engineering Activity Guide ($39) and a Family Engineering Starter Kit ($895). Day-long workshops were held in Detroit and Ludington, led by co-author, Joan Chadde, director of the Michigan Tech Center for Science & Environmental Outreach. Teachers had a lot of fun with the Artistic Robot activity. They are encouraged to host a Family Engineering event at their school sometime during the school year.

See the results of the ArtisticRobot activity in action!