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student initiative program 2007 2008 presented by roy singleton p e
Student InitiativeProgram2007-2008Presented by Roy Singleton, P.E.


Student Initiative Program


program organization
Program Organization
  • Sponsored by the Society of American Military Engineers, SAME
  • Teams Mentored by volunteers from Architectural and Engineering Companies
  • Program administered through the Peter Kiewit Institute at the University of Nebraska, Omaha
  • Student-Teams organized by participating Schools
student initiative program goals
Student Initiative Program Goals

Program is designed to stimulate:







Architecture, Engineering, and Science

how is this done
How is this done?

Students learn from a professional

They work in a professional environment


an academic one.

“Telling informs, but doing makes it stick”

team make up
Team Make-Up
  • Teacher ~ School Representative
  • Students ~ Two Divisions
    • Middle School and High School
      • Same rules for both Divisions
    • Multi-Disciplined
    • Un-Restricted in Size (Suggested Size about 10)
  • Team Mentor (Professional from Industry)
time frame 7 months
Time Frame ~ 7 Months
  • Sept/Oct Orientation for Mentors and Teachers
  • Nov - Apr Team’s meet about once per week~30 wks

Students Work On Project

Workshop (1)

Submittals (3):

Project Title, Synopsis, and Time Line

Progress Reports

Team Member List & Progress Report

  • Mar Presentation Information Meeting
  • Mar/Apr Proposal: Written Report
  • Apr Presentation & Awards Ceremony
mentor s duties
Mentor’s Duties
  • Provides Expertise on
    • problem solving and team building
  • A Resource for Team
  • Weekly Involvement at Meetings
  • Contact between School & Program Administrator
    • Ensures Alternate or Back-Up Mentor
    • Provides Technical Assistance

( Continued )

mentor s duties continued
Mentor’s Duties (Continued)
  • Informs Students About the Profession (Office Tours, Field Trips, etc.)
  • Monitors Project Schedule (Oct - Apr)
  • Reviews Written Proposal and Furnishes Comments
  • Assists with Team Presentation & Critiques Speakers
teacher s duties
Teacher's Duties
  • Leader
  • Schedules Meetings
  • Tie-Breaker on Team Decisions
  • Contact between Mentor and Students
  • Controls Classroom Decorum
student s duties
Student’s Duties
  • Participates as a Team Player
  • Attends Meetings
  • Assists in Writing Proposal & Making Displays
  • Assists with Oral Presentation
  • Attends Awards Ceremony
benefits for mentors
Benefits for Mentors
  • Professional Development Hours (30 max)
  • Recognition by your Peers
  • Satisfaction in Promoting your Profession
  • Fulfillment in seeing Student Accomplishments
benefits for students
Benefits for Students
  • Solve Real World Problems with Professionals
    • Many student projects have been built
  • Field trip(s) to research project
  • Generate Excitement About Career Opportunities
  • Interact with Local Engineering Firms
  • Learn Team Building & Problem Solving
benefits for schools teachers
Benefits for Schools/Teachers
  • Awards
    • Honor award for both Divisions of $1,000
      • Honor award for High School includes a scholarship
    • Five Merit awards for both Divisions
  • Exposure to engineering industry resources
  • Satisfaction in students accomplishments
benefits for schools teachers continued
Benefits for Schools/Teachers(Continued)
  • No fees – Approved expenses paid by Program
  • Participating schools receive a team photo/plaque
  • All team members receive a certificate or memento
  • Students’ project may generate real world projects
project topics
Project Topics
  • Project Topic determined by Team
    • Problem solving & Brain storming
  • Varied topics as following illustrate:
mcmillan junior high 1998 1999
McMillan Junior High 1998-1999

Malcolm X Memorial Garden

creighton prep high school 1998 1999 technology award
Creighton Prep High School 1998-1999Technology Award

Mars Interplanetary Expedition & Colony

st thomas more school 1998 1999 team 1
St. Thomas More School 1998-1999Team #1

Revisions to Churchich Park

  • For Students, Teachers, & Mentors
  • Pertinent Topics
    • Model Construction
    • Written Reports
    • Presentation Techniques
    • Cost Estimating
    • Building codes
    • Graphic Materials
    • 3D Computer
  • Date & Time
    • Mid - April
  • Walter Scott Conference Center
project evaluation
Project Evaluation
  • Proposals and Oral Presentations
    • Judged by Panel
      • From Military, Education, and Industry

( Continued )

project evaluation continued
Project Evaluation (Continued)
  • Written Report
    • Due at least one week before Oral Presentation
    • Judged on
        • Thoroughness of report
          • Standards provided
        • Accuracy
        • Quality – no apparent deficiencies


project evaluation continued1
Project Evaluation (Continued)
  • Oral Presentation before Peers
    • Presentation Length ~ 20 Minutes
  • Questions and Answers before Judges
    • Length ~ 10 Minutes
  • Judged on
    • Problem Identification/Development
    • Recommendations and Action Plan
    • Merit Category
awards ceremony1
Awards Ceremony
  • Date & Time
    • ~ April
  • Walter Scott Conference Center
  • Speaker : Motivational
honor awards
Honor Awards
  • Post President’s High School Honor Award
          • Trophy
          • Cash
          • Scholarship
  • Post President’s Middle School Honor Award
          • Trophy
          • Cash
WESTSIDE MIDDLE SCHOOLPOST PRESIDENT’S AWARD 2003-2004“Mind Over Matter – A Facility for Mental Wellness”
GROSS HIGH SCHOOLPOST PRESIDENT’S AWARD 2003-2004“St. Martin’s Independent Living Facility & Community Center”
merit awards two divisions high schools middle schools
Merit AwardsTwo DivisionsHigh Schools – Middle Schools
  • Applied Science
  • Innovation
  • Research
  • Team Work
  • Technology
team recognition
Team Recognition
  • All Teams receive a plaque with team picture for school to display
  • All Team members receive a memento
special recognition
Special Recognition
  • High School & Middle School Honor Recipients
    • Guests at SAME meeting following Competition
      • Opportunity to give Synopsis of project at meeting
    • Display projects at SAME Industry Day (Aug/Sept)
    • Display projects at E-Week (Feb)
special recognition continued
Special Recognition (Continued)
  • SAME Engineering and Construction Camp
    • Opportunity to attend a one week camp
    • Open to high school sophomores, juniors and selected seniors.
    • Members of Student Mentoring Teams given preference
    • Must be nominated by Teacher
    • SAME will pick students to attend and will assist with their expenses to and from Camp