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  1. Karen Miel
  2. Graduate Research Assistant
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  4. Tufts University
  1. Adam Maltese
  2. http://www,adammaltese.com
  3. Associate Professor
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  5. Indiana University
  1. Kelli Paul
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  3. Indiana University
  1. Merredith Portsmore
  2. http://ceeo.tufts.edu/people/portsmore.htm
  3. Director
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  5. Tufts University
  1. Euisuk Sung
  2. Postdoctoral Researcher
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  4. Indiana University

Role Models in Elementary Engineering Education

NSF Awards: 1657509, 1657519

2019 (see original presentation & discussion)

Grades K-6, Undergraduate

The Role Models in Elementary Engineering Education project aims to spark and sustain more girls’ interest in engineering study and engineering careers. The RMEE project focuses on increasing understanding of how girls take up engineering role models and on developing effective training for engineering outreach providers and potential role models.

Providing role models through outreach is widely practiced and recommended, yet little is known about how elementary students, particularly girls, choose engineering role models. Engineering interest declines as girls enter middle school, making elementary school a potentially critical developmental window for bolstering engineering aspirations. The RMEE project is generating knowledge of female elementary students' selection of role models in a university-based engineering outreach program. This project explores the ways in which girls identify and select engineering role models and the ways in which role models promote interest in engineering careers by girls. Ultimately, this research aims to increase the number of girls and women studying engineering and working as engineers.

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