Project LEAD Mission Statement:
Project LEAD Goals:
A list of specific goals is below:
- Further engineering education among young people
- Show the fun side of STEM
- Provide information on fun projects
- Create a community
Project LEAD's goals are very similar to other programs, and many themes within the program are lateral themes throughout the STEM and Education fields. Below are some examples where Project LEAD's goals tie into a broader network.
This is an exerpt from Linking Evidence and Promising Practices in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Undergraduate Education A Status Report for The National Academies National Research Council Board of Science Education
STEM Educational Reform: Solutions in Search of a Problem
Drawing on the work by Seymour and Hewitt (1997), much of the research agenda sponsored by the NAS and NSF focuses on reforming STEM instruction in the college classroom. Yet improved classroom instruction addresses only part of the laundry list of problems in STEM education.
· Increasing public awareness about STEM: Attaining this goalrequires expanding the role of STEM faculty to include outreach beyond the university. Achieving this goal may require STEM faculty to change the way they relate to nonscientists outside the university; it does not require changing instructional practices in the college classroom.
· Increasing the STEM pipeline: The STEM pipeline runs from K-12 through can doctoral programs and professional practice. Increasing the interest of K-12 students in the sciences rests on university outreach efforts and improved K-12 instruction, not on college teaching. In contrast, attracting students to STEM majors and keeping them in the major can be affected by the classroom experience (MacDonald & Korinek, 1995).
IIT Boeing Scholars:
The members of Project LEAD are all IIT Boeing Scholars. During the summer session of the Academy scholars are tasked with creating a Leadership Grant Project (LGP). Project LEAD is one of these projects. We all expressed interest in working together. After going through what seemed like dozens of projects, goals, and ideas, we settled on Project LEAD. We found that this mission stood above the rest as something that was both important to us, and to the community. The academy's blog can be found here.