Using modern sensors in high school science labs to promote engineering careers

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A student's first introduction to engineering and technology is typically through high school science. Unfortunately, science labs often make use of antiquated tools that fail to deliver exciting lab content. As a result, many students are turned off by science, fail to excel on standardized science exams, and do not consider engineering as a career. This paper reports on the results of Project RAISE: Revitalizing Achievement by using Instrumentation in Science Education. RAISE is a partnership between Polytechnic University and several New York City (nyc) high schools that is funded by the National Science Foundation (nsf). By using sensors and computerized data acquisition in science labs, RAISE seeks to enhance students' academic achievement; excite them about science, technology, engineering, and math (stem); and inspire them to pursue stem careers. A description of the project, along with some of the sensor-based experiments that are in use, are presented along with lessons learned, and assessment outcomes

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationGeoFlorida 2010
Subtitle of host publicationAdvances in Analysis, Modeling and Design - Proceedings of the GeoFlorida 2010 Conference
Number of pages10
StatePublished - 2010
EventGeoFlorida 2010: Advances in Analysis, Modeling and Design Conference - West Palm Beach, FL, United States
Duration: Feb 20 2010Feb 24 2010

Publication series

NameGeotechnical Special Publication
ISSN (Print)0895-0563


OtherGeoFlorida 2010: Advances in Analysis, Modeling and Design Conference
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityWest Palm Beach, FL


  • Engineering education
  • Geotechnical engineering
  • Probe instruments
  • Schools

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Architecture
  • Building and Construction
  • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology


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