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ERIC Number: ED508766
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Sep
Pages: 19
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
The Exploratorium's XTech Program: Engaging STEM Experiences for Middle-School Youth. Summative Evaluation Report
Carroll, Becky; Smith, Anita; Castori, Pam
Inverness Research
The Exploratorium is home to XTech, a science education program which began in 2006 and was primarily funded by a three-year National Science Foundation grant (Award # 05-25217) through its ITEST (Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers) initiative. XTech provided project-based afterschool activities in science, engineering, and technology to underserved middle school students from the San Francisco Bay Area. As part of the Exploratorium's Community Outreach department, XTech involved partnerships with two community-based organizations in the Bay Area--Aim High and First Graduate--that support youth in educational pursuits. The goal of the XTech project is to steer underserved students in positive directions, towards college and potential careers in the fields of science, technology and engineering. Through two years of intensive summer institutes and afterschool and weekend sessions during the school year, middle school students spent hundreds of hours in Exploratorium classrooms, on the exhibit floor, and on field trips engaging in activities that incorporated art, science concepts, engineering, problem-solving, and information technology. This report presents findings on the XTech project. First, the authors discuss the theory of action that drove the project. They then discuss the value and contributions of the project to student participants, youth facilitators, and participating organizations. Finally, they address the lessons learned about this investment. (Contains 11 footnotes.) ["The Exploratorium's XTech Program: Engaging STEM Experiences for Middle-School Youth. Summative Evaluation Report" was written with Michelle Phillips and Dawn Robles.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Middle Schools
Audience: Teachers; Administrators; Policymakers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Inverness Research
Identifiers - Location: California