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Everyday Electrical Engineering: A One-Week Summer Academy Course for High School Students

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1 Author(s)
Mehrizi-Sani, A. ; Sch. of Electr. Eng. & Comput. Sci., Washington State Univ., Pullman, WA, USA

A summer academy is held for grade 9-12 high school students at the University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada, every year. The academy, dubbed the Da Vinci Engineering Enrichment Program (DEEP), is a diverse program that aims to attract domestic and international high school students to engineering and sciences (and possibly recruit them). DEEP also provides them with the opportunity to experience the university setting. This paper discusses the organization of DEEP and presents the details of a DEEP course developed to introduce students to electrical engineering. This course is designed for junior (grades 9 and 10) students and includes lectures, hands-on activities (both in a team and individually), and a field trip. The survey results, collected as both formative and summative feedback, indicate the success of the course. This paper also provides recommendations for future offerings of the course.

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Education, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:55 ,  Issue: 4 )

Date of Publication:

Nov. 2012

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