Presentation Title

Undergraduate Leaders for STEM Mobile Making at Middle Schools

Faculty Mentor

Charles De Leone, April Nelson, Edward Price, Sinem Siyahhan

Start Date

23-11-2019 8:45 AM

End Date

23-11-2019 9:30 AM

Location

146

Session

poster 2

Type of Presentation

Poster

Subject Area

education

Abstract

Our teams of undergraduate leaders conduct an after-school Mobile Making program that encourages middle school students' involvement in STEM. Mobile Making is a learning experience for the middle-school students, but at the same time, the undergraduate leaders develop technical skills, leadership skills, and lifelong interests. Through the Mobile Making program, CSUSM undergraduates visit local middle schools and lead hands-on STEM activities. For example, projects such as circuit boards, hydraulic boxes, and automata are just a few of the activities that the undergraduate students engage with the middle schoolers. The activities are facilitated by STEM Ambassadors, Community Service Learners (CSLs) from STEM classes, and Education students from the iTeachSTEM program. Our teams are committed to teaching middle school students how to apply STEM-related topics to their daily lives, especially students who are underrepresented in the STEM community. Attending prior trainings allow the STEM Ambassadors and CSLs to build their confidence in guiding the students through each activity. The Education students assist with the activities and gain fieldwork experience in a middle-school environment, becoming more familiar and comfortable with integrating STEM in K-8 curriculum. Undergraduate students apply maker-philosophy design concepts such as investigate, plan, create, and evaluate in order to push forward cognitive skills that will prepare them for future success. Our teams of leaders develop self-efficacy through participating in the STEM Mobile Making. This poster will discuss the impact that the Mobile Making program has had on our undergraduate leaders.

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Undergraduate Leaders for STEM Mobile Making at Middle Schools

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Our teams of undergraduate leaders conduct an after-school Mobile Making program that encourages middle school students' involvement in STEM. Mobile Making is a learning experience for the middle-school students, but at the same time, the undergraduate leaders develop technical skills, leadership skills, and lifelong interests. Through the Mobile Making program, CSUSM undergraduates visit local middle schools and lead hands-on STEM activities. For example, projects such as circuit boards, hydraulic boxes, and automata are just a few of the activities that the undergraduate students engage with the middle schoolers. The activities are facilitated by STEM Ambassadors, Community Service Learners (CSLs) from STEM classes, and Education students from the iTeachSTEM program. Our teams are committed to teaching middle school students how to apply STEM-related topics to their daily lives, especially students who are underrepresented in the STEM community. Attending prior trainings allow the STEM Ambassadors and CSLs to build their confidence in guiding the students through each activity. The Education students assist with the activities and gain fieldwork experience in a middle-school environment, becoming more familiar and comfortable with integrating STEM in K-8 curriculum. Undergraduate students apply maker-philosophy design concepts such as investigate, plan, create, and evaluate in order to push forward cognitive skills that will prepare them for future success. Our teams of leaders develop self-efficacy through participating in the STEM Mobile Making. This poster will discuss the impact that the Mobile Making program has had on our undergraduate leaders.