Sj gamttep: The South Jersey Garrett A. Morgan Technology and Transportation Education Program Director: Kauser Jahan, Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering Rowan University The sj gamttep program



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SJ GAMTTEP:

The South Jersey Garrett A. Morgan Technology and Transportation Education Program

Director: Kauser Jahan, Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Rowan University




The SJ GAMTTEP Program
The South Jersey GAMTTEP program is a partnership between the Millville School District and the College of Engineering at Rowan University. Millville Public Schools is the Lead Education Agency for the Southern New Jersey GAMTTEP Collaborative.

GAMTTEP stands for the Garrett A. Morgan Technology and Transportation Education Program. The program is named after Garrett A. Morgan, an African-American inventor famous for his traffic light signal innovation. GAMTTEP’s purpose is to “improve the preparation of students, particularly women and minorities, in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) through curriculum development and other activities related to transportation.” Program objectives are:



  • To build a bridge between America’s youth and the transportation
    community;

  • To improve elementary and secondary (K-12) level students’ skills in
    STEM through such means as curriculum development, internships,
    mentoring programs, and other transportation-related activities;

  • To facilitate partnerships among government, academia, and the
    private sector;

  • To increase understanding of the transportation industry and careers,
    and advance transportation workforce development.

Preparation for the South Jersey GAMTTEP Progam

The first, second and third quarter s were spent in developing recruiting materials, a website and identifying clinic modules and reflective activities for the SJ GAMTTEP Program. Details of the tasks accomplished are provided below:


Recruitment Tools

(Target Counties: Burlington, Camden, Cumberland, Gloucester, Atlantic, Salem, Cape May)

Flyers, brochures and letters were sent to High School Principals for distribution amongst interested students. A total of 86 applications were received, of which 25 were chosen and invited to participate in the SJ GAMTTEP Program.


Surveys

Prepared surveys for participants to gauge impact of clinic modules and overall workshop experience were prepared.


Brochure

A brochure was developed for publicizing the SJ GAMTTEP Program.


SJ GAMTTEP Website

A website was created that provides basic information about the program, activities, handouts, important engineering links, etc.; application, survey forms, flyers, and brochures have been established. Basic information is available at http://users.rowan.edu/~jahan/GAMTTEP/index.htm.


This site is continuously updated as needed to boost outreach for K-12 educators.

Field Trips

Several field trips were arranged to allow the participants to gain a first-hand look at important transportation and engineering technologies. Students visited the Atlantic County Utilities Authority (ACUA) Jersey-Atlantic Wind Farm in Atlantic City to connect the importance of the need for clean, sustainable energy to engineering technologies. Additionally, a field trip was arranged with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for the students to come and observe the aviation engineering testing facilities.


Transportation

The original proposal for the SJ GAMTTEP Program planned for providing transportation for the participating students. However, due to an unforeseen rise in fuel costs it was decided to have the students provide their own transportation. Reimbursement was provided based on total distance traveled to and from Rowan University.


Keynote Speaker

Raj Arora, P.E., Executive Vice President of Arora Systems Group, LLC, was the invited keynote speaker for the SJ GAMTTEP Program.


The following tasks for the SOUTH JERSEY GAMTTEP program had been identified in the proposal for the fourth quarter (July through August of 2008).

TASK

LEAD

July

August

Meeting with Private Companies and Agencies

RU







Review surveys and other evaluation tools

MSD, RU, Eval







AWE, ECT, C.H.A.M.P, RISE

RU







High School Scholars Program

RU







Development of Transport Toolbox

RU







Advisory Board Meetings

RU







Report Preparation

MSD RU







Assessment, surveys, interviews, data analyses – for sustainability

RU







* MSD - Millville School District RU - Rowan University

SJ GAMTTEP Program July 8-August 7, 2008
A total of 25 high school students were chosen to participate in the SJ GAMTTEP Program. A total of 16 schools were represented from the South Jersey area. The students’ names, schools, grade levels, and ethnicity are reported in Table 1.
Table 1: Participant Information


Name

High School

Grade

Chad Bailey

Millville Senior HS

11

Ryan Bandura

Washington Twp. HS

11

Kelly Barb

Clearview Regional HS

10

Eve Ciancia

Gloucester County Institute of Technology

10

Jasmine Coleman

Brimm Medical Arts HS

11

Fatou Diallo

Brimm Medical Arts HS

11

Bradley Dobson

Glassboro HS

11

Alex Dussack

Atlantic County Institute of Technology

10

Brittany Grasso

Glassboro HS

10

Lauren Greer

Delsea Regional HS

11

Richard Hughes, Jr.

Delsea Regional HS

11

Venise Hunter

Creative Arts HS

10

Steven Laraia

Washington Twp. HS

11

Nancy Lui

Princeton HS

11

Caitlin Markey

Washington Twp. HS

11

Sarah McDonald

Cape May County Technical HS

11

Shaquan Mincer

Burlington County Institute of Technology

11

Lisa Petruncio

Clearview Regional HS

10

Thy Pham

Pennsauken HS

11

Jos Rosa

Brimm Medical Arts HS

11

Michael Safin

Pennsville Memorial HS

11

Timothy Sittler

Millville Senior HS

11

Katrice Sylvester

Williamstown HS

11

Tierra Thomas

Camden HS

11

Melanie Thomas

Williamstown HS

10

Participants arrived for check-in on Tuesday, July 8, 2008. The students and their parents were provided with a catered lunch by the University. Kauser Jahan, the program director, welcomed the participants and also discussed the scheduled activities for the workshop.


The students followed the following calendar for the duration of the program:


July 2008







Mon




Tue




Wed




Thu




Fri




Sat








































13




14

10 AM Washer Coating

Seminar

11:30 am


M. Savelski

*Lunch Provided

Atrium





15

10 AM Cookie Coating

11:30Seminar

Wyrick


*Lunch Provided

Pizza





16

9 AM


ACUA Trip

Alt-Energy

*Lunch Provided





17
11:30 am

Seminar


Robert P. Hesketh

*Lunch Provided

Atrium





18




19








































20




21

9:30AM Turbine

11:30am Seminar 4

FAA-Mary Lou

*Lunch Provided

Pizza


1PM turbine




22

10AM Material Testing

Afternoon

1 PM


Lipgloss Lunch

Sandwich





23

11:30


Seminar

PVP


*Lunch Provided

1 PM


Lip Gloss





24

9:30 Water Treatment

11:30am

Seminar 6



Yusuf

*Lunch


Pizza




25




26































AUGUST 2008







27




28

9:30


Fisher Technik Traffic Light





29

Morning


Maglev Trains

Beena S.


Lunch Sandwich




30

11:30am Seminar

*Lunch Provided

Pizza





31

10 AM Maglev Competition







1




2








































3




4

FAA Field Trip

*Lunch Provided





5

Morning Soda Bottle Rockets

Poster Preparation





6

Poster Preparation






7

Closing Ceremony

*Lunch Provided




8




9


Opening Ceremony
The opening ceremony on Tuesday, July 8, 2008, comprised of a series of welcomes from the following individuals:

Raj Arora, P.E., Executive Vice President of Arora Systems Group, LLC, was the invited keynote speaker for the SJ GAMTTEP Program. Rajeev K. Arora, PE, is Executive Vice President of Arora Engineers, Inc. (MBE), a multi-disciplinary engineering design and construction management firm, headquartered in Chadds Ford, PA with offices in Woodbridge, NJ and Philadelphia, PA. Raj graduated from the University of Maryland in 2000 with a B.S. in Fire Protection Engineering. He is a licensed Fire Protection Engineer in six states, including New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Virginia, and the District of Columbia.  As the Executive Vice President of Arora, Raj is responsible for the general administration and engineering management of the firm.  His duties include business development, project oversight, and client relations. In addition, Raj has served as Project Manager on many technically challenging projects.  He is currently directing two high profile projects for the MTA/Metro-North Railroad at the historic Grand Central Terminal in New York City. 



Mr. Arora made an interactive PowerPoint presentation on the importance of engineering and its significance in our lives. After the presentation, the students were given a tour of the Engineering building and the Rowan University Campus.
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