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2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access



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2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference, July 26-29, 2021, Virtual


A number of studies by engineering education researchers have pointed out that all-female teams, rather than mixed teams, result in better forms of participation and interaction in engineering related after-school programs and clubs. In particular, for after-school programs or clubs that form in response to a STEM competition, all-female teams have better chances of developing. One such competition, which will be discussed in this paper, is a regional Marine Advanced Technology Education (MATE) competition in which students from Blind_Review High School have been participating for many years.For each year’s competition, an all-female team of students enrolled in the Career and Technical Education program at Blind_Review High School, City, State build an underwater autonomous robotic vehicle, for which the robot specifications and competition rules are formulated each year by the MATE regional competition. Any team participating in the competition must have a mentor, and the students must be enrolled in courses within the engineering studies program. This paper will discuss the collaboration developed between the high school and college students, how the mentorship program was delivered, and how the program successfully helped future engineering students to establish their engineering and future STEM identities.


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Original Publication Citation

Jovanović, V. M., Marshall, D., Larson, J. W., Jr., Badawi, A. R., StClair, N. R., Popescu, O., Kuzlu, M., Katsioloudis, P. J., Vahala, L., & Crespo, M. A. (2021). Mentoring prospective engineering students through the after school program "Girls in Engineering" focused on building an underwater remotely operated vehicle. 2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference, Virtual.


0000-0002-8626-903X (Jovanović), 0000-0002-8719-2353 (Kuzlu)