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ERIC Number: EJ1022073
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Reference Count: 14
How to Build a Robot: Collaborating to Strengthen STEM Programming in a Citywide System
Groome, Meghan; Rodríguez, Linda M.
Afterschool Matters, n19 p1-9 Spr 2014
You have to stick with it. It takes time, patience, trial and error, failure, and persistence. It is almost never perfect or finished, but, with a good team, you can build something that works. These are the lessons youth learn when building a robot, as many do in the out-of-school time (OST) programs supported by the initiative described in this article. Similarly, implementing high-quality, sustainable programming in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) across the largest publicly funded OST system in the country took time, teamwork, and persistence. In this article, the authors describe how the New York City Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) and the New York Academy of Sciences collaborated to develop a replicable program model for increasing the capacity of OST organizations to provide STEM learning opportunities. The process of developing this model and the lessons they learned provide a roadmap for other OST systems looking to enhance program capacity.
Descriptors: STEM Education, After School Programs, Robotics, Science Course Improvement Projects, Youth Programs, Partnerships in Education, Program Development, Mentors, Middle School Students
National Institute on Out-of-School Time. Wellesley Centers for Women, 106 Central Street, Wellesley, MA 02481. Tel: 781-283-2547; Fax: 781-283-3657; e-mail: email@example.com; Web site: http://www.niost.org
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Middle Schools; Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New York