The Creation and Evolution of an Energy Engineering and Education Outreach Model
The Energy Engineering and Education Outreach Model is a new model to introduce undergraduates to the field of energy engineering and engage them in engineering education through K-12 outreach programs to promote ST(EE)2M: Science, Technology, Energy Engineering, Engineering Education, and Math. The model places students with mentors in the university’s facilities management department or energy center where they gain valuable experience in assessing energy usage, needs and areas of potential savings thereby helping the institution save energy. The model utilizes undergraduates as university ambassadors of the institution who can disseminate their intellectual knowledge and help raise awareness of ST(EE)2M to the local community through K-12 engineering education outreach avenues such as Family STEM Nights and energy clubs.
This article details the impetus for this model, its creation and evolution. It is unique because it is a collaboration between the College of Engineering and the College of Education thereby giving students interdisciplinary educational experiences with a focus on energy. The model is also flexible and can be applied at any institution.
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