K-12 Outreach, Diversity, Virtual Labs Among Topics At Frontiers In Education

November 3, 2003

More than 400 of the most creative people in engineering and computer science education will convene in Colorado Nov. 5-8 for Frontiers in Education, a national conference showcasing the latest innovations in the field.

Outreach to K-12 schools to encourage more diversity in the study of engineering, integration of humanities and social sciences into the engineering curriculum, and the use of virtual laboratories for distance education will be among the topics discussed at this year's conference hosted by the University of Colorado at Boulder.

The theme of the conference is "Engineering as a Human Endeavor: Partnering Community, Academia, Government and Industry." Hewlett-Packard and Microsoft are among the corporate sponsors who will join faculty and academic leaders at the forum.

The conference is cosponsored by the American Society for Engineering Education and the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers. William Wulf, president of the National Academy of Engineering, will deliver the keynote address.

Faculty from CU-Boulder, which is a leader in hands-on learning, undergraduate research and K-12 outreach, will be among those making presentations. CU-Boulder associate professors Melinda Piket-May and James Avery of electrical engineering, and James Sherman, assistant engineering dean for student services, are the conference co-chairs.

Conference sessions will be held at the Westin Hotel in Westminster, with a special reception at CU-Boulder's College of Engineering and Applied Science to showcase its unique educational facilities at the Integrated Teaching and Learning Laboratory and Discovery Learning Center.

For more information and registration visit http://www.fie-conference.org/03/

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