ERIC Number: ED472915
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-Jun
The Effects of an After-School Science Program on Middle School Female Students' Attitudes towards Science, Mathematics and Engineering.
Ferreira, Maria M.
This study examined the impact of an after-school science program that incorporated cooperative learning, hands-on activities, mentoring, and role models on a group of minority female students' attitudes toward science, engineering, and mathematics. Eighteen African American middle school students participated in the study. Seven female engineers implemented the program and served as role models and mentors. The curriculum focused on topics related to the automotive industry and consisted of electricity, magnetism, gears, motors, freezing and antifreezing, friction, speed and acceleration, and center of mass and gravity. Each of these topics was explored through a variety of hands-on group activities with one mentor. Results indicate the program had a positive influence on students' attitudes toward science, mathematics, and engineering. (KHR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Note: In: Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the Association for the Education of Teachers in Science (Costa Mesa, CA, January 18-21, 2001). For full proceedings, see ED 453 083.