For the past two days, I have been asking both groups of robotics students how they want to be split up.
Currently, I have one stacked robotics class that meets during 3rd period on A-Days with 24 students enrolled in it and I have a second stacked robotics class that meets during 3rd period on B-Days with 25 students enrolled in it.
Ferris High School has two FTC teams (FTC 11242 and FTC 12645). At discussion is whether to have one team be assigned to A-Days and the other team be assigned to B-Days or to have half of the students on each day be assigned to one team and the other half assigned to the other team.
I see advantages and disadvantages to both. If both teams are split half-and-half, it will force them to completely document their process, which was a major problem last year. However, having the entire team together will help build cohesion within the team, which was another problem we had last year.
I have ultimately put it to a vote to the two groups and was surprised with the results.
I was genuinely surprised. The A-Day group had 54% apathy for the vote and did not care on the outcome. 29% wanted it split half-and-half. 17% wanted it split between days.
In contrast, the B-Day group had 0% apathy. Everyone voted! 88% wanted to be split between days and 12% wanted it split half-and-half.
I now have my first glance at my rosters today in Skyward.
Here is how it looks right now:
1st Period – Principles of Applied Engineering
16 TOTAL (13 Males / 3 Females)
5th Period – Principles of Applied Engineering
16 TOTAL (16 Males / 0 Females)
2A – Computer Science 1
15 TOTAL (13 Males / 2 Females)
4A – Computer Science 1
12 TOTAL (10 Males / 2 Females)
2B – Computer Science 2
8 TOTAL (8 Males / 0 Females)
3A – Robotics 1
19 TOTAL (13 Males / 6 Females)
3B – Robotics 1
20 TOTAL (17 Males / 3 Females)
3A – Robotics 2
7 TOTAL (6 Males / 1 Female)
3B – Robotics 2
5 TOTAL (4 Males / 1 Female)
Converting these to percentages, this means that 9.28% of my Principles of Applied Engineering, 14.81% of my Computer Science 1, 23.08% of my Robotics 1, and 16.67% of my Robotics 2 classes are female.
A study from Jensen and Nutt shows 74% of females have interest in engineering technology ahead of entry to junior high. At conclusion of high school that interested drops to 2%.
Considering setting my 2017/2018 professional goal to be to develop a program that encourages more females into STEM.
According to US Dept of Ed 2015 study, 10.4% of males earned an engineering STEM credit compared to 2% of females.
Proposing 3 All-Girls STEM Camps for 2018:
Camp 1 – Completed 4th / 5th Grade
Camp 2 – Completed 6th Grade
Camp 3 – Completed 7th / 8th Grade
The major groups to support would be camps 1 and 2.