Faculty Advisor

Wilkes, John M.


A Future Scientist and Engineers after school club program was designed to assist students of Doherty High School achieve their aspirations. This short pilot project version of the project established the feasibility of creating such a program and the level of interest at the school. Several means of having a meaningful influence on the students were tested. Attention is also paid to the question of gaining access and the form this project might take in the future. The striking success of the program in attracting females who wanted to explore the possibilities in a technical career without making the commitment necessary to be part of the Engineering and Technology Academy at Doherty is noted. We conclude that lack of knowledge is a barrier to the technical professions, that this project was successful in lowering that barrier, and should be expanded.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

January 2006

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project


Restricted-WPI community only

Advisor Department

Social Science and Policy Studies