Engineering Education Summer Outreach

students designing lessons

Program Overview

The Center for Civic Engagement & Learning (CCEL) is excited to coordinate the Engineering Education Summer Outreach program, a program made possible by funding from the Gelfand Engineering and Technology Education Fund in the CWRU Case School of Engineering. The program has four overarching goals

  • To expand access to engineering education for local youth in Cleveland and the inner ring suburbs.
  • To promote higher education and STEM fields to local youth.
  • To create and strengthen engineering education partnerships between campus and community stakeholders.
  • To build civic leadership skills in Case Western Reserve University students.

To meet these goals, CCEL will recruit four CWRU students to serve as interns at local summer youth programs. Student interns will be working full time at the local camps with the primary responsibility of designing and implementing engineering and STEM lessons for youth participants of these programs. Interns will also be expected to help out with other camp duties and activities.

Program details

Community Partner Placement: Two students will be placed with the REACH Summer Program and two students will be placed with the Inner City Tennis Clinics Summer Camp. Please read the Community Partner Placements website for additional details about the placements, including dates of the program and stipends. Students can apply to be considered for one or both partner placements.

Dates: The start date for the Engineering Education Summer Outreach program for all interns is Tuesday, May 30, 2017. The end date of the program depends on the community partner placement as outlined on this website. REACH is a 7 week commitment, while ICTC is a 9 week commitment. Interns must be available for the entire length of the program at their community partner placement.

Training and Professional Development: The student interns will be provided with training, support, and supervision from CCEL, the Gelfand STEM Center, and their partner sites. All interns will also participate in 3-4 professional development seminars coordinated by CCEL that will take place at different points during the summer. These seminars will provide an opportunity for interns to reflect on their experiences, share best practices, and build civic and leadership skills.

Teaching students

Eligibility: CCEL will be recruiting four CWRU student interns for the Engineering Education Summer Outreach program. Applicants must be enrolled as a Case Western Reserve University student for the fall of 2017. Applicants with a STEM major are preferred, although students with any major are invited to apply as long as they have youth experience.

Additional Qualifications: Student interns must have a passion for working with children and experience in leading youth in instructional or extra curricular activities. Experience working with diverse populations is also preferred. Student interns must be comfortable with basic engineering and STEM concepts, as they will be utilizing resources such as Engineering Adventures and Science Olympiad to design and implement lesson plans. Applicants need to be flexible and willing to participate in a variety of activities to support partner youth programs. Student interns must also have an interest in developing their own civic engagement and leadership skills. Applicants with a valid driver's license are preferred.

Application: Online applications will be due by the 11:59 p.m. on Monday, April 10, 2017. Finalists will be invited to interview and decisions will be made by late April.

More information: Contact Angela Lowery at the Center for Civic Engagement & Learning.