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FIRST & Universities
by: Vince

_V. Wilczynski / T. W. Kownehoven / M. Giblin
United States Coast Guard Academy / Northeast Utilities System

(presented at the 1995 Annual Conference of the American Society for Engineering Education)

ABSTRACT: Industry, universities, and K-12 schools must work together to help bridge the gap …_

V. Wilczynski / T. W. Kownehoven / M. Giblin
United States Coast Guard Academy / Northeast Utilities System

(presented at the 1995 Annual Conference of the American Society for Engineering Education)

ABSTRACT: Industry, universities, and K-12 schools must work together to help bridge the gap between the abilities of high school graduates, expectations of college faculty, and demands from employers. Partnerships, promoted by both academia and industry, are needed to assist these components to function as a composite unit. The most recent call for partnerships has been sounded by the ASEE Engineering Deans Council which encourages each university to form an industry/university/K-12 school partnership. The FIRST competition, started in 1992, is an ideal partnership program for universities. In this national program, high school students work with engineers to design and build a remotely controlled vehicle capable of playing against others in sports based competition. The FIRST competition engages university students in a challenging ‘design-build-and test’ project, while working side by side with industrial engineers and high school students. Through the competition, university students complete a demanding engineering project and motivate a new cadre of students to follow their career footsteps. Such linkages are the heart of the ASEE Engineering Deans Council recommendations to improve the engineering education system and thus involvement in the FIRST competition should be a priority for many engineering programs.

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