Project Summary: Project E.S.T.E.E.M.

Several students sitting and standing in front of a desk with robot componentsLead: Trinidad State Junior College
Contact: Robert Martinez
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Project Dates: April 14, 2012 & October 13, 2012
Total Number of Youth Served: 15
Funding: $2996.20

Project Summary:
Project ESTEEM was created to provide youth an opportunity to experience programs at Trinidad State Junior College (TSJC) that contain a computer science component. The students were on campus for 6 hours during which time they learned about the Graphic Design Program, the Precision Machining Program, and the Computer Networking Program. The Graphic Design Program highlighted the various software programs used to create professional graphic representations used in illustrating books, advertising and marketing. The Precision Machining Program highlighted the use of SolidWorks software.  This software is used to design the components to be machined. It is a form of Computer Aided Design.  The students witnessed the design of a three dimensional model through the use of the software.  The model was then constructed using a CNC machine. The Computer Networking Program highlighted computer repair and the creation of networks. The students were split into three groups and each group spent 45 minutes in each program. Lunch was provided and at the end of the day, parents were invited back to have dinner and hear about what their student did during the day as well as hear from different support programs on campus.

Schedule of EventsSeveral students stand near an instructor as he describes electrical equipment
10:00am – 10:30am – Check In
10:30am – 10:45am – Welcome/Orientation
10:45am – 12:00pm – Campus Tours
12:00pm – 12:30pm – Lunch
12:30pm – 2:45pm – Concurrent Sessions

  • 1. 12:20 – 1:15
  • 2. 1:15 – 2:00
  • 3. 2:00 – 2:45

2:45pm – 3:00pm – Break
3:00pm – 4:30pm – Model Build
4:30pm – 6:00pm – Presentations/Dinner

Project Impact:
The goal of Project E.S.T.E.E.M. was to increase awareness about the availability of Computer Science education opportunities among students with disabilities in the San Luis Valley. 100% of the participants in the event were students with disabilities. The post-survey administered to participants provided positive feedback for the event.  100% indicated that they learned something new about computer science careers. Of the nine students that participated in April, five of those students enrolled at TSJC for the Fall 2012 semester. Three students enrolled in the Automotive Technician Program which has an automotive computer component. 

How did this project benefit from being a collaborative effort?Two high school boys sitting at computers
Recruitment for Project ESTEEM was the major contribution of the collaborative effort. The School to Work Alliance Program, (SWAP), is a part of the San Luis Valley BOCES program. SWAP provides job placement/educational opportunities for youth ages 17-24 with mild/moderate disabilities. Eleven of the students that participated in the event were SWAP clients. At the end of the evening, parents and students received information from TSJC concerning campus resources. SWAP provided an overview of the organization’s services and TIGERS representatives discussed community resources available to families for youth with disabilities transitioning from secondary school to employment or post-secondary education.

The initial projection was to serve twenty-five students. Any items that remain from the delivery of Project ESTEEM will be used again in April, 2013 when TSJC will run the project again. The event was a huge success and students that completed the event were provided with an institutional scholarship to TSJC in the amount of $250.00.

Final Budget
Item CSCP Funding Other Funds Source of Other Funds TOTAL FUNDS
21.5 Kits Fischertechnik Model #505284 Oeco Tech $2,257.00 5.5 Kits + Shipping: $607.49 TSJC STEM Grant $2,864.49
Lunch   $87.50 TSJC Student Leadership Council $87.50
T-Shirts   $250.00 TSJC Student Leadership Council $250.00
Dinner for Students, Parents, & Staff: 77 meals @ $9.60 each $739.20 23 Meals @$220.80 TSJC Student Leadership Council $960.00
There are 10 kits remaining valued at $1,050.00 and 10 t-shirts valued at $100.00.  These items will be used to supplement Project ESTEEM in April 2013.        
Total $2,996.20 $1,165.79   $4,161.99