Presentation Title

Making based outreach for STEM engagement

Faculty Mentor

Edward Price, Charles De Leone, April Nelson

Start Date

23-11-2019 9:45 AM

End Date

23-11-2019 10:00 AM

Location

Markstein 209

Session

oral 1

Type of Presentation

Oral Talk

Subject Area

education

Abstract

Engagement with science at a young age is crucial for a student’s success in science in later years. Our goal is to provide students from ethnically and socioeconomically diverse middle schools with the opportunity to discover and explore science through Making. Making is a hands-on, learner-driven approach that provides authentic experiences involving science and technology. The CSUSM Center for Research and Engagement in STEM Education (CRESE) operates afterschool making programs facilitated by undergraduates at middle schools across the greater Northern San Diego area. The trained undergraduates teach middle school students predetermined, STEM-based Making activities such as electronic textiles, circuit-based maker boats, and hydraulic syringe-powered treasure chests. The program is intended to increase participants' interest in STEM and their sense of its relevance to their lives. Surveys are used to measure the trend of students’ interest over the course of a semester.This talk will present data gathered from surveys collected over several years, providing quantitative data on the change in students’ interest in science from the start of the program to the end. Followed by first-hand anecdotal feedback from specific students about their experience with our program, and how it has changed their interest in STEM and Making.

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Nov 23rd, 9:45 AM Nov 23rd, 10:00 AM

Making based outreach for STEM engagement

Markstein 209

Engagement with science at a young age is crucial for a student’s success in science in later years. Our goal is to provide students from ethnically and socioeconomically diverse middle schools with the opportunity to discover and explore science through Making. Making is a hands-on, learner-driven approach that provides authentic experiences involving science and technology. The CSUSM Center for Research and Engagement in STEM Education (CRESE) operates afterschool making programs facilitated by undergraduates at middle schools across the greater Northern San Diego area. The trained undergraduates teach middle school students predetermined, STEM-based Making activities such as electronic textiles, circuit-based maker boats, and hydraulic syringe-powered treasure chests. The program is intended to increase participants' interest in STEM and their sense of its relevance to their lives. Surveys are used to measure the trend of students’ interest over the course of a semester.This talk will present data gathered from surveys collected over several years, providing quantitative data on the change in students’ interest in science from the start of the program to the end. Followed by first-hand anecdotal feedback from specific students about their experience with our program, and how it has changed their interest in STEM and Making.