e4usa April 2024 Newsletter

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Topics of Interest for Readers

All Readers:

  • Read about the two e4usa classrooms heading to the KidWind World Challenge!
  • Read about our new e4usa Director of Communications and Partnership Program!

Two e4usa Classrooms Headed to KidWind World Challenge!

Amanda Jones’ Riverdale High School and Lance Key's VITAL Academy students are participating. Both schools are participating thanks to the IEEE ECCE competition in Nashville in October. ECCE has given each winning team a scholarship to attend.

Hear from one of the participating classrooms, below!

"This team of first year engineering students is part of our Principles of Engineering class at Riverdale High School. They have worked very hard to produce a windmill for the homemade generator competition category, equipped with a custom 3D printed casing. You would never guess this team includes 2 freshmen, 1 sophomore, and 1 senior who recently moved here from Honduras and is learning English along with Engineering every single day. To say I am impressed with them would be a huge understatement. They are proof that determination can cause grand results."

Kid Wind Coach: Amanda Jones Team Members: Zoe, Olivia, Lizzi, Safah

Read about the Competition, Here!

e4usa Hires Director of Partnership Program and Communications

e4usa is excited to announce the hiring of Andrew Green, Ph.D. as the Director of Partnership Program and Communications. In this role, Andrew will lead and manage comprehensive communication initiatives, collaborating with internal and external stakeholders to ensure effective messaging and brand representation. He will also be responsible for overseeing and managing all partnership programs with high schools, universities/colleges, university liaisons, and industry partners. Read more about Andrew, below! "

I recently graduated from FIU with a PhD in Higher Education. My research focused on how state governments and universities use neoliberal audit logic to define student success. I also hold an MBA from FIU. My undergraduate degree is in history with a minor in education from Dickinson College.

I came to e4usa from FIU, where I served as the Associate Director of Academic Services at the Center for Diversity and Student Success in Engineering and Computing. In this role, I supported the college's K-12 programs, including dual enrollment, pre-college STEM outreach activities, community engagement and partnerships, and student success initiatives. I have experience working with many programs at various stages of their development. One of my favorite experiences was working with Engineers on Wheels (EoW). This program provides K-12 students with hands-on activities and engineering experiments while exposing them to career opportunities in STEM. I was one of the first members of the college's two NSF Engineering Research Centers, PATHS-UP and CELL-MET, where I contributed to the workforce development and inclusion and diversity thrusts. I also previously worked for the college as the program director for strategic initiatives.

I live in Miami but plan to move to St. Augustine, Florida, later this summer. I am married to Isabel Green and have six-year-old triplets Riley, Braden, and Sydney."

-Andrew Green e4usa
Director of Partnership Program and Communications 

New e4usa Teacher Interview

Name: Beatrice Bamoah

City: Kumasi Country: Ghana

e4usa High School: Bosomtwe Stem SHS (Boys)

e4usa focuses on “for us all.” How do you see that playing out in your classroom?

"The “for us all” is playing much in the classroom in the sense that students now know that engineering is not for some special people but for everyone. So they all work together in the classroom as engineers."

What advice do you have for students considering enrollment in this course?

"Learning e4usa is like drinking water every day. It will sustain you everywhere you go."

Anything else you would like to share?

"e4usa has come to stay, and I am happy to be part of this family."

e4usa Classroom Visits 
Duke University’s Pratt School of Engineering 

e4usa is so grateful for the partnership with Duke University. Emily Snell, university liaison at Duke University, has a wonderful relationship with the Oxford Preparatory School e4usa students. Dr. Snell has visited the e4usa classroom, and the Oxford Prep students have visited Duke! Most recently, the e4usa classroom participated in a Design-a-Thon at Duke University's Pratt School of Engineering! Photos shown above.

Watch this March recap of Duke's Pratt School of Engineering, featuring the Oxford Prep School e4usa Students!

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