ERIC Number: EJ1034961
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Feb
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 29
Student Interest in STEM Disciplines: Results from a Summer Day Camp
Dillivan, K. Douglas; Dillivan, Mary N.
Journal of Extension, v52 n1 Article 1RIB5 Feb 2014
Research shows student participation in science programming can affect scientific interest, academic performance, college majors, and careers. This article reports a study where results obtained from questionnaires completed by participants, parents, and guardians assessed whether interest in STEM disciplines was advanced by a summer day-camp attended by elementary and middle school students. Participants indicated that most activities positively affected their interest in STEM subjects. Parents and guardians also reported that student subject-matter interest was noticeably enhanced following the camp. Results indicate that inquiry-based but non-mathematical STEM activities were most successful at stimulating interest.
Descriptors: Student Interests, STEM Education, Questionnaires, Summer Programs, Day Camp Programs, Learning Activities, Elementary School Students, Middle School Students, Parent Attitudes, Program Effectiveness, Inquiry, Science Activities, Experiential Learning, Student Attitudes
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Middle Schools; Secondary Education; Junior High Schools; Grade 3; Grade 4; Grade 5; Grade 6
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