Engineering Workforce Development
Education Outreach Events
CASFER is committed to educational outreach to help with CASFER's goal of teaching the next generation to create and sustain a Nitrogen Circular Economy. CASFER's educational outreach is designed around inspiring and encouraging children, ages K-12, to pursue careers in STEM. We value providing education on practices expanded, educated, and social sustainability.
CASFER is a multi-disciplinary organization, with researchers in nanotechnology, electrochemical science, data science, biology, chemistry, environmental and agricultural science, health science, economics, policy, and engineering; we strive to showcase and explore the different areas of expertise within our educational outreach.
If you would like your students to participate in any of our educational outreach programs, please contact Zaida Gracia (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Research Experience for Undergraduates
During our summer program, CASFER hosts undergraduate students from across the country to join CASFER laboratories and learn about scientific research under the mentorship of faculty and post-doctoral researchers.
Students work on current CASFER projects, gaining valuable lab experience and understanding of the scientific method. They also participate in a variety of leadership and communication skills training to enable them to become part of the next generation of NCE leaders.
Research Experience for Teachers
CASFER hosts a research experience for K-12 teachers during the summer months. Teachers are able to experience and immerse themselves in a two-month research project at CASFER laboratories to gain firsthand experience in engineering and agricultural sciences.
The program’s goal is to offer a holistic experience, allowing teachers to learn scientific concepts, and the emerging technologies needed to advance the Nitrogen Circular Economy while integrating this knowledge into their classroom. Teachers receive mentorship in educational concepts to prepare new lesson plans and experiments to use in their classroom, aligned with the curriculum educational standards of their respective states.
Racing into the Future
What does a box car race have anything to do with chemistry?
You'd be surprised! Our 'Racing into the Future' workshop is built upon teaching K-12 students what a chemical engineer does, and some of the basics of electrochemistry, a field that we use every day at CASFER.
Students work in teams during this very hands-on experience activity, to get their racecars ready, fueled by hydrogen contained in water, for the final race!
4-H Tech Changemakers Program
CASFER team members at Florida A&M University spearhead a training program to teach geospatial digital technologies to high school student participants in the national 4-H Program. Through university cooperative extension programs, 4-H Tech Changemakers focuses on training high school students in the use of digital technologies. The students are then assisted in teaching these skills to fellow community members. A special focus of FAMU's Cooperative Extension Program is outreach to minority clientele.
CASFER is currently planning a continued collaboration with the FAMU 4-H Tech Changemakers Program with the intention to expand its offerings to other CASFER collaborators and clientele.
CASFER has a strong relationship with our headquartered institution, Texas Tech University, and as such have participated in their program Legacy U. This program focuses on alumni and their children to foster community relationships and share STEM knowledge with the students.
CASFER has been invited to schools in local areas to demonstrate different career opportunities in engineering and in agriculture.
Our Nitrogen Circular Economy is built around the idea that the next generation will continue our strides toward sustainability. That starts with inspiring the next generation of scholars!