Over the last five years I have been involved in the Outreach program in the HCDE Department at University of Washington, including leading the program in 2017-2018. The mission of these workshops is to connect K-12 students, with college opportunities in Engineering and Human Centered Design. Through hands on activities, middle and high school students learn about engineering by working directly with college students. The program empowers undergraduate students develop workshops, teach and serve as role models in over workshops in Seattle public schools and beyond.
The program primarily targets public institutions that work with K-12 students from a diverse range of backgrounds. Teachers ask us to return to their classrooms year after year. The program has received interest from a variety of institutions in the Seattle area and nationally. I have expanded the program to many of the partnering organizations, and advised over 100 undergraduate students in developing curricula and teaching. The undergraduate students taught in schools or local events on over 50 occasions, reaching over 2000 K-12 students.
The HCDE department partners with the UW Alternative Spring Break to connect UW undergraduate students with K-12 students in rural areas of Washington state, to help students in remote areas of Washington to see themselves pursuing higher education, and to learn how studying engineering at UW.
I led the HCDE Alternative Spring Break team in 2018. Undergraduate students developed a one week curriculum focused on digital storytelling and coding using the Scratch programming system. Over the course of the week, the Neah Bay students, guided by the UW team, designed and programmed their interactive stories, and learned the fundamentals of computer programming in the process. The workshop was structured as four daily hands-on sessions, and culminated in a showcase on the fifth day where students shared their digital story projects with the community.