The Teaching Through Technologies (T3) Alliance provides a replicable, adaptable, and scalable curriculum with a comprehensive support mechanism that can be widely adapted to increase the STEM engagement of high school students. The project focuses on three emerging technological areas related to codeable digital devices (Raspberry Pi), 3D printing, and autonomous systems (land, air, and water) instruction. Robust instructor support and communication promotes the 1) exchange of current activities and ideas across sites; 2) collaboration on problem-solving challenges; 3) discover STEM fields and career paths; 4) instructor training and support; and 5) two-way communication with STEM career professionals. The program is led by the University of Alaska Fairbanks Upward Bound program in close partnership with the Council for Opportunities in Education and Educating4Leadership.
How does T3 Alliance work?
As the need for a technically skilled workforce increases it is essential to attract and sustain the interest of traditionally underrepresented youth in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). This project sponsored by the Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) aims to engage pre-college students from underrepresented, first-generation college students in after-school and intensive summer programs and train them in three emerging technologies – autonomous systems (aerial, sea, land), 3D printers, and code-able digital devices. The Teaching through Technologies (T3) Alliance program recruits instructors and students from the nationally well-established Upward Bound sites and provides them with the online and in-person support to adopt a curriculum detailing the scientific background and hands-on use of these three technologies. In addition to the technological instruction, students receive guidance in STEM communication and leadership and participate in a team or individual service project in which their new skills address and solve issues of relevance to their local community.