FDU’s Technical Enrichment and Outreach Program Addresses a National Concern
Teaneck, NJ (September 14, 2005) — On Saturday, September 17, highly motivated high school students from Paterson and Hackensack begin an intensive study of mathematics, science and engineering in the Technology Enrichment and Outreach Program (TEOP) designed to strengthen and enhance the math and science skills of New Jersey high school students.
The program promotes computer science, engineering, mathematics and engineering technology to public high schools with large populations of underrepresented minority and/or financially disadvantaged students. It brings upper-level high school students to the School of Computer Science and Engineering at Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Metropolitan Campus, Teaneck, NJ, for 12 Saturdays per semester of technical instruction and hands-on laboratory work under the direction of University faculty, staff and graduate students.
The students, selected by teachers and administrators from their districts, will study basic engineering principles, scientific concepts and math applications; meet with professionals from these areas; participate in planned site visits to R&D facilities; and take part in a professional mentoring program.
Some sample program activities include conducting digital image enhancement and restoration, building kit airplanes, rockets and remote controlled cars, and the creation of Web pages and Web sites.
A leading grant from the Toyota USA Foundation with significant funding by GE Equipment Services, The John Victor Machuga Foundation, Inc. and PSE&G, make this expanded, multi-year program possible. “We are very pleased to partner with New Jersey’s largest private university in this math and science outreach program,” said Atsushi “Art” Nimi, president, Toyota USA Foundation.
Fairleigh Dickinson University President J. Michael Adams said, “The University is pleased to help build connections between young and talented science students and future employers. This program partners with our neighboring school districts to enhance and enrich their science offerings.”
This program was successfully piloted in collaboration with the Paterson Public Schools in 2001. It is one of several strategic partnerships that FDU’s School of Computer Sciences and Engineering has developed over the past few years with public schools.
Dr. Alfredo Tan, Director of the School, noted, “It is gratifying to know that others share our concern about the under representation of minorities and women in the diverse field of engineering. Students in our region now have the opportunity to be exposed to new engineering technologies, computer sciences, and new math initiatives that will encourage and inspire them to pursue careers in these fields.”