STEM style education using telephone technology and history to inspire children and young adults to become Engineers

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The Telephone Museum offers children and young adults an inspirational opportunity to discover electricity and engineering with old and new telephones. The activity fosters enthusiasm for engineering by leveraging America’s remarkable telephone history in a hands-on environment by using electric theory, mathematics, and a screw driver. By comparing modern day semiconductor architecture to historically significant telephone artifacts, the Telephone Museum serves to cultivate the intrinsic curiosity which gave birth to the telephone and continues to drive today’s inventors and innovators. Have you ever taken stuff apart just to find out what was inside? The insides of today's stuff is hard to see without specialized instruments, so we tear apart old analog phones to see the componentry that converts voice to electric current and back to voice. Then we compare this seemingly larger than life componentry of the 19TH and 20TH centuries to today's semiconductor based versions. All things being equal, Ohm's Law is why smartphones work the same way as a candlestick phone. Furthermore, Ohm's Law is a mathematical ratio fundamental to all circuit design including smartphone RF and Logic circuit designs. So, in the spirit of taking stuff apart that is meaningful, we offer ‘Telephone Workshops’. Our project goal is to develop specific guidance for informal science education organizations in addressing sustained STEM learning experiences.

Dedicated to Early Education in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics

'Telephone Workshops' is a full-scale development project that examines the impact of a scalable, STEM afterschool program which inspires children and young teens to become engineers. This project builds on two years of Telephone Workshops which demonstrate improvements in participants' engineering interest, history and mathematics knowledge, and self-efficacy. It also tests the model for scale, breadth, and depth. The content emphasis is electric theory and engineering and includes topics such as Ohm’s Law, historically significant telephone advancements, semiconductor technology, telephone architecture, transmitters, receivers, inductors, handsets, and historical figures in science. The project targets youth and teens in the Greater Boston Area. The design is focused around electric theory and is intended to foster participants' intrinsic curiosity and self-motivation while discovering the invisible world of electricity with physical and mathematical analogies. Participants engage in ‘taking stuff apart’ as they uncover the practical applications of electric theory as applied to telephony. The activities are provided in a series of Telephone Workshops which take place in after school programs such as LEAP (Lincoln Extended Activity Program). The Telephone Workshops are taught by undergraduate and graduate engineering students with support from engineers who serve as mentors.

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