Research in the U.S.A. suggests that middle school students, especially
students from under-represented groups, often lack experiences and knowledge about engineering. This situation
prevents a great number of them from becoming interested in engineering. Additionally, there is a shortage of
students pursuing STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) fields.
Our goal, as an out-of-school learning initiative, is to promote middle school students' awareness of both: (a) a set of mathematical practices different from, but still related to the one they have experienced at school; (b) a set of meaningful experiences in engineering through the processing of digital images and video.
Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, College of Engineering
Department of Language, Literacy, and Sociocultural Studies, College of Education