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.
Thursday, June 4
6 p.m. Project presentations
7 p.m. Awards
Anaheim Union High School District
501 N. Crescent Way, Anaheim, 92801
Patrick J. Pellicane, CSUF’s associate vice president for research, creative activities and technology transfer
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.
“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.”
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.