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Auten T.A.,ASM Boston Chapter | Hogan P.A.,ASM Materials Camp New England | Deatherage J.,ASM Materials Education Foundation | Miller J.,ASM International
Advanced Materials and Processes

The US and other developed countries are faced with a diminishing 'pipeline' of new engineers. Many young people are not studying science and engineering, mostly due to lack of exposure to the exciting careers available in industry for scientists and engineers. The impact of their career decisions poses a direct threat to the competitiveness of our nation, in turn, affecting prosperity, sustainability, and security. Through the hands-on, discovery-based learning approach of ASM Materials Camp pro- grams, the ASM Materials Education Foundation found ways to spark the curiosity of young people and provide an avenue into the STEM arena. As a result, a trio of successful materials-camp formats were developed that support the Foundation's mission. The first week-long ASM Materials Camp for high school students was launched in 2000 at ASM International?s headquarters in Materials Park, Ohio, with 30 students participating free of charge. Source

Asphahani A.I.,ASM Materials Education Foundation | Decker R.,ASM Materials Education Foundation | Hayes C.,ASM Materials Education Foundation | Parrington R.,ASM Materials Education Foundation
Advanced Materials and Processes

The ASM-MEF Materials Camp initiative's main aim is to enhance student's interest in materials science studies. The first ASM-MEF Materials Camp for high-school students was launched in 2000. The effectiveness of this Materials Camp initiative has been measured by following up with camp graduates. The success of these camps was reconfirmed by the measurable impact on the students, demonstrated by the number of enrollments in engineering fields and materials science branches at various universities. These teacher camps are run by certified Master Teachers, focusing on enhancing teacher skills and illustrating career opportunities for students in scientific and engineering fields. The ASM-MEF is striving to reach a larger number of students by increasing the number of teachers participating in teacher camps. To accomplish this, the ASM-MEF is preparing to launch a 'Pick Up the Pace' (PUP) campaign to double the number of teacher camps to 50 camps per year. Source

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