CSUF News Service

Junior High STEM Project Showcase

Who/What:

Anaheim junior high students will present projects they designed and built under the mentorship of Cal State Fullerton engineering, computer science and business majors at the June 4 STEM-Inc Project Showcase and Celebration Night. Projects include a robotic arm, shock-absorbing phone case, high-tech intruder alarm and sensor-based heart-rate monitor.

When:

Thursday, June 4
5-8 p.m.
6 p.m. Project presentations
7 p.m. Awards

Where:

Anaheim Union High School District
501 N. Crescent Way, Anaheim, 92801

Keynote Speaker:

Patrick J. Pellicane, CSUF's associate vice president for research, creative activities and technology transfer

Background:

The junior high students are part of CSUF's STEM-Inc (Strategies: Science, Technology and Engineering Mini-Business Incubator), a $1 million National Science Foundation-funded grant project targeting seventh- and eighth-graders from underrepresented groups. Participants are from Ball, Brookhurst, Lexington and South junior high schools.

Why:

"The goal of the after-school program is to make junior high school students and their parents aware of STEM career paths ... by involving them in exciting real-world projects that involve engineering, computer science and business/entrepreneurship concepts," said Pradeep Nair, assistant professor of computer engineering. "Critical thinking, teamwork and incorporation of entrepreneurship practices are important aspects of these student projects."

More:

In addition to Nair, other CSUF faculty members involved in the project include: Jidong Huang, associate professor of electrical engineering; Amy Cox-Petersen, professor of elementary and bilingual education; and John B. Jackson, director of the Center for Entrepreneurship. Awards will be presented to the junior high school participants in various categories.

Media Contacts:

Pradeep Nair, Computer Engineering
Jidong Huang, Electrical Engineering
Debra Cano Ramos



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