STEM Outreach

A Community Affair

Associate Professor Michael Falk aims to engage students early in STEM through an innovative pilot program.

Engineering Innovation

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High school students from our Engineering Innovation summer compete in our annual Spaghetti Bridge Competition.

At the Whiting School, we’re fortunate to work with an abundance of highly qualified, creative students who have chosen to study engineering here. At the same time, we are acutely aware that American students – particularly women and minorities—lag behind their peers overseas in achievement in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM, for short).

Our Center for Educational Outreach is addressing this problem in innovative ways, from community-based programs that bring middle and high school students to campus to those that offer enrichment in STEM education to their teachers to partnerships with local corporations that support internships and enrichment programs.

Perhaps our most notable outreach program, Engineering Innovation, is an introductory engineering course designed to help high-school students develop the skills to think and problem solve like engineers.

STEM Education Programs and Resources

We also are reaching almost 2,000 elementary school students in high-minority, low resource neighborhoods via a unique partnership aimed at transforming STEM education in Baltimore City Schools. Called “STEM Achievement in Baltimore City Schools” (SABES), this $7.5 million National Science Foundation grant will make STEM education a community affair, involving teachers, students, parents and stakeholders in a new curriculum and approach that promises to become a national model.

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