Students from Pike High School’s Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) Jr. Chapter in MSD of Pike Township recently attended the SHPE national conference in Kansas City, MO. There they networked, participated in design challenges, and learned about college and career opportunities in engineering as part of the SHPE Pre-College Program designed to increase student interest, self-efficacy, and identity in STEM.
The program, for middle school and high school students, is a one-day event during the conference and includes several hands-on activities presented by professional member volunteers and corporate partners. In partnership with Ten80 Education, SHPE offered an all-day Engineering Design Challenge (EDC) that occurred on the day prior to the Pre-College Program. The EDC included three hands-on STEM activities applying robotics, coding, design, and entrepreneurship elements.
Workshops during the conference included a U.S. Army-led workshop to explore leadership concepts and analyze leadership challenges related to STEM scenarios, a moderated round table discussion with undergraduate students about college life and the college environment, and other sessions of discovery in understanding careers in STEM.
This post was created thanks to a collaboration with Sarah Dorsey, Communications Officer, MSD of Pike Township.
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