By Da Rocha Brito, C.; Ciampi, M.M.; Vasconcelos, R.M.C.F.; Amaral, L.A.M.&se
ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Conference Proceedings
The Education Research Team of COPEC - Science and Education Research Council - has designed and implemented the K12 School Adventure Plan for a city, with the goal of providing better and effective knowledge for young students, especially those who will not enter a University. The main goal is to help encourage more bright young minds to pursue careers in engineering or technology, by providing K12 students, from public schools of the city, knowledge about sciences and research methodology in a way that it will remain as a life practice. It fits into the counties' necessity to improve competitiveness in technology growth, which has implications in workforce development, as well as in science and technology development. The program's main characteristic is the possibility to apply new and innovative approaches, which provide students the ability to develop concepts and theories to solve and understand scientific and nonscientific problems and, consequently, find solutions for those problems.