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What is it?

 

Engineering Night, an annual two-hour event, showcases the array of accessible and affordable programs, pathways and partnerships within the engineering fields at Cochise College


How is it done?

  • Open to the public with special invitations to parents, future and current students, industry partners, and community members (targets students in grades 8-10)

  • Planning is started in the fall by the full time STEM Pathway Coordinator and the Math & Science Department administration and faculty (information shared in a Google file)

  • Email and address lists are obtained from the college Marketing Department and postcard style flyers are designed by the college’s graphic designer.  The STEM Pathway Coordinator hand delivers:

    • Flyers to the schools and distributes in classes

    • Flyers to high school counselors and the event is announced at the schools

  • College room reservations and speakers are secured ahead of time by the Math & Science assistant

  • Hands-on activities and demonstrations are planned/volunteers recruited

  • College engineering programs and transfer information is provided to all attendees through brochures and event speakers

  • College recruiters are available to answer questions

  • Light snacks are provided for the two hour event (pizza for the volunteers during setup)

  • Media representation is scheduled

  • Attendee contact information is collected through sign-up sheets and used for future follow-up

  • Current engineering students are recruited as volunteers to share their experiences with future students and parents

  • Budget for the event is approximately $1,200


What are the results?

  • Attendees are made aware of the various programs at the community college including transfer opportunities to in-state universities

  • Industry partners and professional organizations also attend to promote opportunities that are available to engineering students


What have we learned?

  • Attendance at this event is approximately 50-75 attendees with the majority being parents, but all attendees are highly motivated
  • It is challenging to find a date available without conflicting sporting events and best to hold event during National Engineer’s Week (late February) during the night
  • Hands-on activities encourage interaction
  • Current engineering students sharing their experiences and showcasing their engineering projects which is interesting to potential students and to parents
  • Parents want specific information about the engineering programs and exactly how to guide their children academically.
  • Allow opportunities for parents and students to ask questions
  • Try different program ideas each year to keep the event current

Private donations fund our operating budget, education and research efforts.

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