ERC Reboots Major Outreach Effort to Attract Native Students to Science and Technology

Achievement date: 
2014
Outcome/accomplishment: 

Students and staff at the Center for Compact and Efficient Fluid Power (CCEFP), an NSF-funded Engineering Research Center (ERC) headquartered at the University of Minnesota, have recommitted themselves to an existing coalition with the Circle of Life School on the White Earth Indian Reservation, which is in an economically depressed region of northern Minnesota.

 

Impact/benefits: 

This reboot of the relationship will ensure the sustainability of monthly engagements with the White Earth Indian Reservation for years to come. In turn, these engagements will continue exposing the Native American students to ways that science and technology can impact society.

 

Explanation/Background: 

The students at the Circle of Life School are currently working with engineering students supported by the CCEFP on a variety of projects, including wind analysis and the construction of a wind turbine for their school (see figure). The reboot came about through the commitment of students and staff from the Innovative Engineers (IE), the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), and the American Indian Society for Engineering and Science (AISES).