ECST Pre-Collegiate Programs
- Pre-ECST Academy
- IMPACT LA NSF GK-12 Program
- MESA Schools Program
- V.E.S.T.E.D. Summer Academy
- Marc and Eva Stern Math and Science School
- CSULA CISCO Academy
- HENAAC/SHPE SciTech Summer Program
- SHPE Science Bowl Regional Competition Host
- Boeing Day
- i-Support Learning Initiative for Teacher Training and Search and Rescue Robot Competition
- HENAAC Value Chain Initiative
CSU Dean's of Engineering have established the Engineering Academies as our Workforce Enhancement Goal for the State of California. The Pre Engineering Computer Science and Technology Program at California State University, Los Angeles is a Pre-Collegiate program that targets students from High Schools all around southern California.
Students who have at least a 3.0 grade point average (GPA) in high school are allowed to take a suite of introductory engineering course for college credit at a discounted fee. Currently, the courses are taught at the University by our ECST faculty, but the college is in the process of partnering with local high schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District and the Montebello School District to begin offering robotics, animation and other introductory courses at the high schools as an after school program.
IMPACT LA NSF GK-12 Program
This project will enhance the educational experience of G6-12 students in the East Los Angeles area and increase their interest in STEM-related fields by placing computer engineering and computer science graduate teaching fellows in STEM classrooms as part of the California State University, Los Angeles College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Technology masters degree programs. We will accomplish this by strengthening existing partnerships between California State University, Los Angeles (CSULA), the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), local corporations, and the National Science Foundation. Faculty members and graduate students from California State University, Los Angeles and professionals from industrial partners will work with students, teachers, and administrators in the Los Angeles Unified School District to achieve the following objectives:
- Educate and train graduate students in Computer Science and Computer Engineering disciplines to serve as teaching fellows in G6-12 classrooms. Training will include educational technology courses on curriculum and instruction, spring and summer workshops, and mentoring from teachers and research advisors.
- Provide professional development opportunities for grades G6-12 STEM teachers guided by the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) requirements and relevant national, state, and local subject standards. This will be accomplished through summer workshops, mentorship of teaching fellows, and NSF Research Experiences for Teachers.
- Work with G6-12 STEM teachers and curriculum coordinators to integrate engineering design, using collaborative project-based instruction and materials, into G6-12 curricula.
- Provide G6-12 students hands-on inquiry-based collaborative engineering design experiences.
- Collaborate with the targeted graduate teaching fellows to leverage the disciplines in the field of computer science and engineering to G6-12 STEM education via visualization and simulation technologies, web-based learning, multimedia-based instruction, and technology integration.
- Develop on-line tools for 1) improving collaboration between fellows, teachers, and research faculty; and 2) creating an on-line repository of hands-on projects with student submissions and journal entries from students, fellows, teachers, and faculty.
From these activities, the following benefits are expected:
- Improvement of communication, collaboration, team-building, and teaching skills for the G6-12 Teaching Fellows.
- Enhancement of G6-12 students problem solving and critical thinking skills.
- Increase in the number of underrepresented students who pursue college degrees and careers in STEM.
- Career development and continuing education for STEM teachers.
- Improvement in the understanding of STEM pedagogy for California State University, Los Angeles faculty and teaching fellows.
- Improvement in the retention rate and recruitment of females and minorities in STEM disciplines.
- Strengthened partnerships between California State University, Los Angeles, LAUSD district, other districts, and local industries through building relationships amongst project participants.
The target schools for this project have high percentage (98%) of underrepresented minority students from low-income families. In addition, California State University, Los Angeles is a United States Department of Education Accredited Minority Postsecondary Institution and Hispanic Serving Institution. It is also one of the most distinguished comprehensive urban universities in the country. With a long history of commitment to access and excellence for diverse populations of students, it serves a culturally rich student body. The graduate fellow recruitment and selection processes are tightly integrated with the existing College of Engineering, Computers Science and Technology Degree Programs, which will help to ensure that several G6-12 Teaching Fellows will be women and/or underrepresented minorities.
MESA Schools Program
Cal State L.A.'s MESA/MSP (Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement Schools Program) was created in 1978 to stimulate early interest in math, science, and engineering and to recruit students to pursue these subject areas in college. MSP targets elementary, middle, and senior high school students. Through a variety of interactive events, hands-on activities, and educational projects, MSP students are guided in a college-bound direction, receiving regular support and encouragement from staff and advisors.
The MESA Schools Program is a pre-college academic development program designed to spark interest in math, science, and engineering among elementary, middle, and high school students. MESA pre-college students gain a distinct advantage over other students by participating in MESA-sponsored activities, such as enrichment programs, career exploration opportunities, and academic and financial aid advisement. MSP works with 18 secondary schools in the Los Angeles, San Gabriel and Pasadena School districts. Each year over 500 students in Los Angeles participate in the program.
One of the cornerstones of MSP is the placement of an adviser on each campus. The adviser, who is typically a math or science teacher, provides weekly academic assistance and guidance, helping students excel in college prerequisite courses. A full 80 percent of graduating MESA high school students continue on to a four-year university, and nearly 67 percent of these students study a discipline based on math or science.
Marc and Eva Stern Math and Science School
In partnership with the Stern Math and Science School, the College of Engineering, Computer Science and Technology will be providing junior and senior students Cisco training. In this program, MASS student enroll in college level courses taught by Cal State L.A. faculty and get the opportunity to learn by doing. At the end of two years, student from M.A.S.S. will acquire the knowledge and skills to obtain certification from Cisco. In addition, they will have approximately 24 to 30 units of college credit towards a Bachelors Degree in Industrial Technology.
CSULA CISCO Academy
The Technology Department at Cal State L.A. is conducting a Cisco Regional Networking Academy, and will offer CISCO networking courses leading to the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) and the Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) certifications. The CCNA certification is available upon completion of three courses, all of which are being offered this Fall. Students who have completed the CCNA can continue on with the four courses required for the CCNP.
HENAAC/SHPE SciTech Summer Program
The SciTech Summer Camp, is a four-day residential program intended to motivate, encourage and inform incoming 10th grade, high school students about the educational and career opportunities in math, science, and engineering. Hosted at a university, summer camp participants will reside in the university residence halls to fully partake in the living-learning experience. Participants will attend college prep and career workshops, tour the university, engineering facilities and science labs conducting state-of-the-art research, conduct some exciting Engineering and science activities and experiments, and participate in some mind-challenging mini-competitions for prizes and awards presented at the Awards Luncheon. On the last day of the camp, parents will be invited to attend workshops in Spanish and English, the awards luncheon and closing ceremony.
Three camps will be hosted during the summer - The University of Arizona; the University of Colorado at Boulder, and California State University at Los Angeles. Each camp will host thirty (30) qualified students.
SHPE Science Bowl Regional Competition Host
Cal State L.A., the founding institution for the Society of Hispanic Engineers is proud to host the SHPE Regional Science Bowl that engages high school students in an enriching, challenging and competitive environment to motivate and heighten their interest in math and science. The competition is an intense and fun "Jeopardy"-style round-robin, single-elimination, and/or double-elimination tournament. Teams, composed of four competitors and an alternate, are challenged to answer a range of multiple-choice and short answer questions in math, chemistry, biology, physics, earth science and general science.
The winning team - participants and coach - from the SHPE Regional Science Bowl receives an invitation consisting of a complementary 4-day trip, to compete at the DOE National Science Bowl, hosted in at the National Conference.
Each year, CSULA host the MESA Orientation day in sponsorship with the Boeing Corporation. This event is combines the ECST Open House with the MESA Schools Program Orientation and kickoff. For the past three years, the Boeing Corporation has provided over $27,000 of support in the form of staff, monetary resources, and technology demonstration. Last year, Boeing Day attracted 1500 students, faculty and staff.
i-Support Learning Initiative for Teacher Training and Search and Rescue Robot Competition
At the beginning of the year, the College of ECST was a sponsor in the I Support Learning, Search and Rescue Robot Competition. The search and rescue competition is designed to stimulate interest in robot research among teenagers by providing concrete, repeatable, and measurable challenges in sensing, navigation, planning, mobility and other technologies are imperative in robotic research in the future.
At the competition earlier this year, it was obvious that students from the states are not as well educated in the areas of Math, Engineering, computer science and technology as their counter parts from China.
Currently the College is offering an introduction to Robotics course through the Pre-ECST program which will give students the background knowledge that they need to successfully compete in the competition. Dr. Mauricio Castillo, Faculty in the department of Technology at CSULA and his undergraduate students will be coaching MESA teams and local HS teams from California to compete in the 2009 competition which will be hosted by I Support Learning on the Cal State L.A. campus with and expected attendance of over 300 students from across the United States are all across the world.
HENAAC Value Chain Initiative
The United States cannot remain a world leader in science and technology unless we tap the potential of the nations under-served student population. The HENAAC Value Chain Initiative (VCI), supported by the Department of Defense, will show that a dedicated, five year effort by HENAAC, educators, employers, and community leaders can make measurable gains in developing an inner city, Hispanic talent pool that is largely overlooked and even discounted as a source of American strength in technical fields.
The choice of the low- achieving, low-income Roosevelt Complex in East Los Angeles is deliberate. If the challenge can be met in the nations most densely crowded high school and its family of feeder schools, it can be met anywhere. The strategies implemented in East Los Angeles may be equally applicable to minority populations across the country.
The concept driving the HENAAC VCI is that it takes years of mutually reinforcing experiences to create awareness and then prepare and motivate students to stay the course to degree completion in science and technology. The ownership of this value chain is usually fragmented. Educators take responsibility for their own links, while science and technology-based organizations focus on meeting their own needs. The defining feature of the VCI is that the demand and supply sides of the tech talent equation will mobilize their resources to create an integrated value chain that reaches 20,000 students, their teachers, and their families in 1 High School, 3 Middle Schools and 13 Elementary Schools. This project will outline the potential of 80,000 residents touched in the Boyle Heights area.
With the vision of the DoD, the Los Angeles Unified School District, and Los Angeles based agencies, HENAAC has assembled an array of talent to translate the value chain concept into a reality that will be up close and personal.
On the supply side, Cal State University Los Angeles will concentrate on the professional development of math and science teachers; Los Angeles Trade Tech College will provide faculty and facilities; and superintendent and principals have committed collectively to support the VCI program in all 17 schools in the Roosevelt family. On the demand side, HENAAC member companies and federal agencies have made comparable commitments to support teacher training, provide mentors, offer enrichment opportunities, and help develop that information infrastructure that will tie the value chain together. At the same time, BEST and the American Institutes of Research will measure our progress and distill lessons learned.
We are setting the bar high, but realistically. We recognize that five years may not be long enough to achieve transformational change on a large scale. But we know that we will change the lives of scores of young people and their families. As our friends at DoD have stressed, failure is not an option.