ISyE is committed to helping to increase the exposure of industrial engineering (IE) to K-12 students, educators, and the community through a variety of educational programs and outreach activities. Often times, K-12 students and educators do not know what industrial engineers do or that IE is an option in the vast field of engineering. We would like to change that by increasing knowledge of the field through summer programs, workshops, games, and other outreach activities. Key areas of focus in these programs are to enhance STEM education and encourage underrepresented minorities to the field.
Some of our K-12 outreach activities include:
This annual one-week summer program will provide rising 10th through 12th grade students with an introduction and overview of the industrial and systems engineering major at Georgia Tech. The program engages students in how IE is utilized in real-world settings through field trips, game competitions, lectures, and more. For more information, contact Brandy Blake.
Theme Park, an engaging interactive computer game geared towards the learning of probability and statistics, was developed by ISyE’s Ton Dieker for high school students in grades nine through 12. As students analyze, maneuver, construct, and synthesize information throughout the game, they gain a deeper understanding of a variety of topics in probability and statistics, while applying these concepts to a real-world situation.
ISyE’s Dave Goldsman has developed some instructional modules for Project MINDSET, which is aimed at high school students. Some of his work has evolved into a new high school operations research and industrial engineering course that is currently in a number of states, including Georgia.
ISyE's faculty, students, and staff also serve as mentors to middle and high school students. Some highlights include:
Our faculty has been active in introducing operations research techniques (with a special emphasis on simulation) to thousands of K–12 students and teachers through a longstanding series of local and national workshops. These workshops have been sponsored by INFORMS, CEISMC at Georgia Tech, and various school systems throughout the country.
Retired Major General and Professor of the Practice at ISyE, Ron Johnson, is a big proponent of quality K–12 education in general and especially for military families. He co-hosted the United States Military Academy's first ever Leadership, Ethics, and Diversity in STEM (LEADS) Conference for 7th to 12th graders and their faculty in 2014. He was also the keynote speaker at the conference where he shared his experience and views on ethical character in leadership. Students were given leadership and ethical challenges, and teams presented a solution to an ethical dilemma or your best “lessons-learned” to the final plenary session audience. The top teams received awards and each delegate received a certificate.
Retired Major General and Professor of the Practice at ISyE, Ron Johnson, is part of a nonpartisan national security organization of senior retired military leaders called Mission: Readiness. Their goal is to educate policymakers about interventions that will prepare young people for success.
For more information on our K-12 outreach, contact our communications department.