STEMgineering Academy is dedicated to expanding STEM engagement by exposing groups to fun, enlightening hands-on activities. It is the outcome of five years of development and rigorous testing in partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs, funded through a grant from the National Science Foundation. Offering this subscription service broadens the possible reach and impact.

Wise Guys and Gals (WGG), the original program, was collaboratively developed with Boys & Girls Clubs and a diverse team of educators, evaluators and STEM education experts. The Engineering Design Process guided development with iterative testing and optimization resulting in the final output. WISEngineering, the education-technology platform is the cornerstone of learner and facilitator experience.

Collaborative Development, Testing, Evaluation and Optimization:

Boys & Girls Club Partnership

  • 16 Clubs, 15 unique activities over 5 Years– active partnership with B&GC Leadership
  • Facilitator feedback– after EACH activity used to optimize activity design
  • Learner responses evaluated– for STEM understanding and use of engineering design as a problem solving strategy and critical thinking skill

Activity Development Design Parameters:

  • Engaging, fun activities for a diverse audience
  • No STEM background required for facilitators or learners
  • Scalable – inexpensive, accessible materials
  • Flexible 75-minute activities can be shortened or expanded
  • Embedded STEM/Engineering career videos

WISEngineering Software – the Cornerstone:

  • WISEngineering is the software platform delivering content on computers and/or smart devices
  • Features like picture taking, shared design walls and multi-media links enhance the experience
  • Certificates are automatically populated at the completion of each activity and can be viewed/emailed/printed
  • Evaluation of participant completion and responses viewable in real-time, downloadable post activity
  • WISEngineering provides seamless delivery of content, self quizzes, participant evaluation and more

Partners:

  • NSF
  • Boys & Girls Club
  • Hofstra University
  • CSR
  • Brookhaven