The College of Engineering is one of 12 partner organizations selected to take part in the first annual 100Kin10 Fellowship Program, a new $8 million fund designed to create a community of problem solvers to overcome specific obstacles in teaching and learning science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). 100Kin10, a national network coordinating and accelerating efforts to bring 100,000 new, outstanding STEM teachers into schools by 2021, announced the partner organizations on July 13.
The College of Engineering was selected to take part in recognition of its commitment to addressing this year’s challenge area, the underrepresentation of engineering in K-12 schools.
“We were impressed by Boston University College of Engineering’s unique approach to tackling this particularly sticky challenge area,” said 100Kin10 Executive Director Talia Milgrom-Elcott. “We are excited to collaborate with the College of Engineering and the other participants to pioneer this new approach to grant making and develop innovative, effective, transformational and sustainable solutions.”
Gretchen Fougere, the College’s associate dean for Outreach & Diversity is spearheading the ENG 100Kin10 commitment through two programs that bring engineering and talented, diverse engineering role-models into classrooms nationwide.
The first, the Technology Innovation Scholars Program (TISP), annually trains 50 engineering undergraduates called Inspiration Ambassadors who excite about 3,000 middle and high school students with hands-on engineering design challenges and demonstrations. The second, the STEM Educator Engineer Program, enables Ambassadors to earn a BS degree in engineering and a Masters of Arts in Teaching. Co-developed by the College of Engineering and the School of Education and funded by the National Science Foundation, STEEP launched in October 2012 and represents Boston University’s entry into the 100Kin10 network.
“This is an incredible opportunity to collaborate, refine and launch our approach to creating a diverse pipeline of students from middle and high school into college and careers,” said Fougere, one of 29 Engineering Fellows to be selected for the 100Kin10 Fellowship Program. “For all students to become future problem solvers, they need chances to explore and design cool solutions with highly trained engineers such as those in TISP and STEEP.”
The other partners include Baltimore City Public Schools, Bank Street College of Education, Bay Area Discovery Museum, Hillsborough County Public Schools, National Academy of Sciences, National Center for Technological Literacy at the Museum of Science Boston, NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering, Teach for America (New York Office), TRC at University of Texas, Austin, Tufts Center for Engineering Education and Outreach, and Washington STEM.
Launched by the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the 100Kin10 Fellowship offers program participants a series of hands-on learning opportunities, technical assistance, in-person and virtual resource sharing, peer and expert critiques and feedback, all in advance of entertaining proposals for funding. They are then invited to apply directly to 100Kin10 for exclusive one-time funding ranging from $25,000 to $500,000.