Charge It! Translating Electric Vehicle Research Results to Engage 7th and 8th Grade Girls
Despite attempts to generate interest in science and technology careers, US students continue to show reduced interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) majors at the collegiate level. If girls are not engaged in STEM learning by the middle school level, studies show that they are even less likely to choose a science- or engineering-related major. This article presents results from a workshop for 7th and 8th grade girls designed to promote knowledge building in the area of sustainability and alternative energy use in transportation and to stimulate greater interest in STEM subjects. The workshop based on research conducted at University X focused on basic concepts of electric vehicles and electric vehicles' batteries. Tests were conducted to evaluate the students' knowledge and perceptions of electric vehicles and to determine the impact of the workshop. Early exposure to meaningful engineering experiences for these young girls may boost interest and the eventual pursuit of engineering and technology education paths.
O. Egbue et al., "Charge It! Translating Electric Vehicle Research Results to Engage 7th and 8th Grade Girls," Journal of Science Education and Technology, vol. 24, no. 5, pp. 663-670, Kluwer Academic Publishers, Oct 2015.
The definitive version is available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10956-015-9555-7
Engineering Management and Systems Engineering
Keywords and Phrases
Electric Vehicles; Gender; Middle School; Outreach Activities; STEM
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