Q-Clinic

The Problem

It has been widely acknowledged that there is a serious shortage of students pursuing STEM area educations and careers, and this shortage, if not corrected, will adversely affect America’s ability to sustain its leadership role in the global community[1].  Among American High School students who are prepared to pursue STEM area studies in college, many do not[2].  Of those who do start out pursuing STEM area studies, many quit and change to other areas before graduation[3].  The flight from STEM does not end with graduation either; people continue to leave their STEM area career fields after starting work and most never return.  The most common reason cited for people leaving STEM fields of study is the inherent difficulty of STEM related curricula.

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Our Solution

The Q-Clinic offered by hyQ Solutions is an intensive summer program designed to improve prospective engineering students' chances for success in their university programs. Students will learn key principles for the following academic year while developing their creative thinking skills. The learning objectives align with the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) http://www.abet.org in order to assure compatibility with ABET accredited engineering college programs. Students will work in collaborative groups on real world projects using the Engineering Design Process. Module 1, designed for upper high school students planning to pursue engineering, focuses on learning how to use excel as a tool for engineering in a variety of contexts. Module 2, designed for students who have completed module 1 or their first year of engineering studies, focuses on foundational principles for analyzing mechanical properties of static systems.

 

Note: Not for college credit-- Intended as preparation for enginnering courses prior to taking them for credit.

Module 1

Comprehensive entry-level preparation

Module 2

Intensive Core Engineering Training


References

[1] National Academy of Science. "Rising above the gathering storm: Energizing and employing America for a brighter economic future." (2007).

[2] Rotherham, A.J., “Our STEM Major Shortage.” Time (2011)

[3] Carnevale, Anthony P., Nicole Smith, and Michelle Melton. "STEM: Science Technology Engineering Mathematics - Executive Summary" Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce (2011)

[4] National Center for Education Statistics. "STEM Attrition: College Students’ Paths Into and Out of STEM Fields" (2014).