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JETS offers volunteer opportunities in research, community problem-solving

The Junior Engineering Technical Society (JETS), a national organization promoting engineering to secondary school students, is seeking a graduate student or other volunteer to conduct a short-term (possibly transitioning into long-term) program evaluation project of its annual TEAMS Competition. We are interested in measuring program outcomes focused on three key audiences: student participants (grades 9-12), teachers serving as coaches, and organizations hosting the event. Key research areas will be specifically defined upon further conversation with candidates. Preliminary research areas will focus on student knowledge/understanding/perception/interest in engineering and related professions; teacher implementation of program; and organizations’ reasons for hosting the competition. Please e-mail your reason for interest in the project along with your resume/CV to Megan Balkovic (mbalkovic@jets.org).

Also, register today and become part of the solution to the global energy crisis through "TEAMS 2011: Smarter Energy. Cleaner Planet." Have fun as you compete against other schools and groups from across the country and vie for top recognition and awards.

And make a difference in someone’s life and sign up for the National Engineering Design Challenge. Registration is open. Discover engineering through real-world applications that impact people in their community and help change lives. Use your problem-solving skills to create an assistive technology device for a person with a disability. Prizes include a trip to Washington, DC, fun giveaways and cash scholarships. Visit www.jets.org/nedc for more information.

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