What’s ASHRAE’s Role in STEM?
ASHRAE is a member of The National Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Education Coalition. The Coalition's objective is to support new and innovative initiatives that will help improve the content, knowledge, skills and professional development of the K-12 STEM teacher workforce and informal educators. They also strive to improve the resources available in STEM classrooms and other learning environments. ASHRAE is dedicated to ensuring quality STEM programs for teachers and students all around the world by encouraging its members to get involved with their local school systems.
A committee of ASHRAE members was dedicated to this topic to research STEM issues as it pertains to specific age groups. Through extensive research, this committee put together a recommended course of action for ASHRAE role in the STEM initiative:
- Relay the importance of member involvement in STEM related activities from the leadership of the Society.
- Tailor our message to fit Gen Y's deep and compelling belief in sustainability and the environment.
- Energize the Society as a whole by launching the STEM program through ASHRAE's student branches.
- Have both YEA and ASHRAE members serve as mentors to the Student Branches.
- Implement an incentive program to inspire and motivate student branches to action.
- Develop a consortium of STEM organizations to take advantage of existing programs and initiatives.
Read the full ASHRAE STEM Report: Building our Future through ASHRAE's Role in STEM Education
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How to Get Involved
With the declining number of people entering into the engineering profession, the next generation (K-12) needs your leadership now more than ever. Student branch members and chapter members are encouraged to get involved by participating in or initiating following activities (not limited to…be creative!)
- Classroom visits,
- Student technical tours
- Science fairs
- Classroom experiments
- Science fairs
- Campus visits
- Career Fairs
Student Activity Chairs: How to reach your local schools
Remember, if a Chapter’s Board of Governors and Student Activities chair participate in one qualifying K-12/STEM related activity within their area, the chapter is eligible for the K-12 Stem Leadership Award. Winners are recognized in an Insights article receive PAOE points.
ASHRAE Recommended Classroom Visits/Projects
They are separated by grade level (some may overlap, this is OK!). Remember you get PAOE points for your activities!
Request materials for your classroom visit here
Brochures, posters and some logo items are free if available. There is a limit of 25 items per request.
DiscoverE (formerly the National Engineers Week Foundation) helps unite, mobilize, and support the engineering and technology volunteer communities. Their aim is to increase their collaborative footprint in K-12 education and celebrate with the public as it discovers the value of engineering education and careers. In partnership with DiscoverE, ASHRAE is working to promote engineering to middle school aged children, particularly young girls, by being an active driver of and participant in DiscoverE programs: