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APRIL 13, 2016

Dear Pre-College Engineering Education (PCEE) Division Members,

Good Wednesday morning to you!

The ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition is just over two months away, June 27-29th in New Orleans! By May 2nd, sessions will be finalized, and those of you who have authored papers for the conference will need to upload final papers by this date. We’re in the “advance registration” period now; click here to register.

Don’t forget to register for the ASEE K-12 Workshop, which will take place in New Orleans on Saturday, June 25th. Register now byclicking here.

Please read the announcements, below, including our April diversity/inclusion tip about role models and a call to participate in the P-12 Engineering and Design Education Research Summit Aug 11-13 in Chicago. Reminder: please pass along newsletter items for me to share with the division. Keep them to a paragraph or so.

Take care,


Pamela S. Lottero-Perdue, Ph.D.

Chair, Pre-College Engineering Education Division

American Society for Engineering Education

Associate Professor of Science Education

Director, Integrated STEM Instructional Leadership (PreK-6) Post-Baccalaureate Program

Department of Physics, Astronomy & Geosciences

Towson University





Role Models

Last month’s tip talked about the importance of building students’ STEM self-efficacy, and that one strategy for doing so includes finding role models for your students. Ideally, these role models will look like or have similar backgrounds to your students. Here are some tips on how to do this:

  • Connect with your local university and their student associations/societies. For example, chapters of the National Society of Black Engineers (nsbe.org), the Society for Hispanic Professional Engineers (shpe.org), or the Society of Women Engineers (swe.org) might be excited to come talk to your class about becoming an engineer.
  • Connect with local businesses that employ engineers, and invite individuals who may relate well to your classroom to speak to your class about what they do.
  • Show your students famous engineers and scientists who come from backgrounds similar to theirs (e.g., Google search, Youtube videos).


Here is a list of resources that might help you get started:






If you have a diversity/inclusion tip or resource you would like to share with the division, please email Morgan Hynesmorganhynes@purdue.edu.




P-12 Engineering and Design Education Research Summit: The INSPIRE Research Institute for Pre-College Engineering would like to invite you to submit a paper to and/or participate in the 3rd P-12 Engineering and Design Education Research Summit Aug 11-13, 2016 in Chicago, IL. Please invite your friends and colleagues to do the same (see attached flyer). There is still an opportunity for groups to co-host the event and for individuals to serve on the planning committee. You do not need to submit a paper to attend. Registration for authors and other attendees is $250. Summit Website: www.inspire-purdue.org/3rdP-12summit. Submit Papers: www.docs.lib.purdue.edu/p12eders 

If you have any questions, please contact Elizabeth Gajdzik egajdzik@purdue.edu



Help needed from PCEE division members! Are you interested in helping the ASEE Standing Board Committee on P12 Engineering Education pull off a “Focus on P12 & Pre-College Engineering Education” series of events in New Orleans? The main idea with these events is to let the ASEE community at-large know about our exciting work in pre-college engineering education, and to suggest that they, too, find ways to positively impact the P12 space. What might you do as a volunteer?

  • Help us plan events;
  • Help staff a special booth that we have to feature pre-college engineering near the registration desk;
  • Help identify and hand out exciting “bling;” and
  • Get the word out at the conference about this ASEE organization-wide effort.

If you are interested, please send your name and how you’d like to help to the Standing Board Committee on P12 Engineering Education at aseep12committee@gmail.com

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