Building Engineers and Mentors: Bringing science and engineering to Los Angeles schools

TitleBuilding Engineers and Mentors: Bringing science and engineering to Los Angeles schools
Publication TypePresentation
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsRoth-Johnson, Perry, Elizabeth Roth-Johnson, Kymberly Alvarez, Jennifer Choi, Richard E. Wirz, and Greg Carman
Keywordsafterschool program, engineering, mentoring, outreach, science, science communication, STEM
AbstractBuilding Engineers and Mentors (BEAM) brings hands-on STEM activities to underserved K-12 schools across California. BEAM was founded in 2008 by students at UC Berkeley, who adopted a two-part model for outreach. In 2010, a new chapter of BEAM was founded by students at UCLA, who adopted the same outreach model. Each week, UCLA mentors attend BEAM's student-taught class (Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering 194), to learn how to teach a hands-on activity. UCLA mentors then teach the hands-on activity to about 100 students in grades 2-8 at afterschool STEM programs in three schools across Los Angeles. This program repeats weekly throughout the school year. BEAM also develops its own lesson plans, which are designed and written by UCLA students. By participating in BEAM, UCLA students learn how to become effective science communicators.

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