Project ENGAGES (Engaging New Generations at Georgia Tech through Engineering & Science) is a high school science education program developed at Georgia Tech in partnership with Coretta Scott King Young Women’s Leadership Academy, B.E.S.T Academy, South Atlanta High School, Benjamin E. Mays High School, D.M. Therrell High School, Booker T. Washington High School and Charles R. Drew Charter School, seven minority-serving public high schools in the City of Atlanta.
The main program goals are to:
• Raise the awareness of students to the world of engineering, science and technology through real-world, hands-on research projects led by top notch Georgia Tech scientists and to expose students to the career path possibilities in engineering and science.
• Improve the partner schools’ current science education program through direct interaction with the science classes at these schools and through a teacher training initiative that immerses teachers in ongoing research within Georgia Tech laboratories.
The future of the U.S. “rests” on being at the forefront of science and technology and to do this requires that we have a STEM-educated workforce. It is also recognized that the most creative engineering teams are the ones that are the most diverse. With the changing demographics of the U.S. it is critical, and it is also our motivation, that we bring underrepresented populations into the STEM fields as early as possible to inspire them to aspire for high achievement and success.