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Engineering Youth Outreach Program (2010/11)

Published on: Thu, 05/06/2010
Last Modified: Wed, 05/18/2011 - 9:57am

$61,720 one-time

Over the past 18 months, the Faculty of Engineering and the University have benefitted tremendously from the Ontario Youth Science Technology Outreach Program (YSTOP). This program has been funded by the Provincial Government to inspire young adults to choose a career in Science and Technology. YSTOP funding has enabled the interaction and engagement with Windsor and Essex County high school students and their teachers. The WINONE Office for First Year Engineering which helps oversee recruitment and retention initiatives has integrated YSTOP extensively into its ongoing activities. Approval of this proposal acts as bridge funding until further government funding is resumed.

Update: November 30, 2010

The SPF fund has helped to revise existing outreach module/activities from 2009/10; develop new outreach activities/modules for 2010/11; enable activities with 6 high schools and 160 student contact opportunities to date. Outreach activities are fully booked, waiting list of teachers in place, alternate delivery schemes being investigated. Feedback to date was said to be very positive and several supporting comments have been provided. Future bookings are to commence in February 2011, a strong demand is expected. An alternate outreach arrangement with Massey is in progress. There is continued improving of surveys for feedback to determine effectiveness of the program. Anticipated expenses to the end of the fiscal year amount to $27,400. Disruptions in the WINONE office due to the departure of the current secretary may affect outreach activities as well. Suggestions for activities targeted toward grade 11 and 12 have been received and this would have added value to the initiative; SPF funding will be used beyond April 30th to facilitate activities to match end of high school curriculum; 2010/11 represents the second year that engineering outreach programs have been running as fully intended.