ERIC Number: ED553172
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
If We Build It, We Will Come: Impacts of a Summer Robotics Program on Regular Year Attendance in Middle School. Policy Brief
Mac Iver, Martha Abele; Mac Iver, Douglas J.
Baltimore Education Research Consortium
Recognizing the importance of both keeping middle school students engaged and improving their math skills, Baltimore City Public Schools (City Schools) developed a summer school STEM program involving not only math and science instruction but also the experience of building a robot and competing with those robots in a city-wide tournament. Underlying the intervention's logic model was the belief that hands-on activities like robotics can build a sense of competence and value in academic pursuits that will increase student engagement and achievement. The results of this study suggest that continued investment in high-interest elective activities such as robotics could have a significant impact on helping students remain engaged in school, who otherwise might begin to disengage and thus lower their chances for successful transition into college and career.
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Summer Programs, Robotics, Mathematics Skills, STEM Education, Middle School Students, Competition, Intervention, Experiential Learning, Competence, Learner Engagement, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8, Comparative Analysis, Attendance Patterns, Mathematics Achievement, Program Effectiveness, Gender Differences
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Research-practitioner Partnerships
Education Level: Middle Schools; Secondary Education; Junior High Schools; Grade 6; Intermediate Grades; Elementary Education; Grade 7; Grade 8
Authoring Institution: Baltimore Education Research Consortium (BERC)
Identifiers - Location: Maryland