STEM in a Shoebox
The original intent of the kit approach was to facilitate the College of Engineering’s collective inclusion of more stakeholders at the university (the library and maker space, for instance). In addition, teachers in the local school districts have had valuable input and look forward to the collaborative creation of additional kits.
This paper is primarily about the process of creating a kit and scalable lesson plan that can be used for informal outreach as well as incorporated into larger broader impact initiatives. At Carnegie Mellon, this process has been developed by an interdisciplinary team from the College of Engineering, the Engineering and Science Library, the Engineering Research Accelerator, IdeATe (Integrative Design, Arts and Technology) Lab, and the Leonard Gelfand Center for Service Learning and Outreach.