Cal Poly Pomona Aerospace Vehicle Laboratory STEM Pipeline Project

Through the proposed Cal Poly Pomona Aerospace Vehicle Laboratory STEM Pipeline Project, California State Polytechnic University Pomona (Cal Poly Pomona, or CPP) proposes to carry out activities to improve our STEM pipeline by incorporating programs involving education, hands-on training and outreach activities. We propose to carry out two activities during the period of performance. The first activity is outreach; we will send groups of students to local high schools to speak to and with the students and give them a flavor of the engineering profession. The second activity is to create a student-run mentoring workshop which will train engineering students in practical use of electronics for engineering projects, a topic that is not well covered in Cal Poly Pomona’s engineering curriculum. These activities will be conducted in CPP facilities on campus and at outreach sites. The program will benefit regional K-12 schools in the Pomona area, as well as provide practical training to science and engineering students at CPP. We request project funding to support student interns and faculty advisors in developing outreach activities and student training facilities.