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ERIC Number: EJ1051745
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 17
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1045-1064
Advancing STEM Career and Learning through Civic Engagement
Xie, Yichun
Journal of Technology Education, v26 n1 p47-63 Fall 2014
The Mayor's Youth Technology Corps (MYTC)--Creating Safe Communities through Information Technology Training in Homeland Security Applications (2008-2012)--offered a collaboration of resources, supports, and opportunities for strengthening science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education efforts in an underserved community, the City of Detroit. The MYTC internship program is an important form of student civic engagement and also the highlight of hands-on experiences for the MYTC trainees. The internship is the capstone and a true test of how the MYTC students were trained and whether the students were learning what was designed for them in this project. Moreover, the internship program aimed at advancing the participating students' motivation toward STEM careers. This paper examines the rationale for selecting the internship as the MYTC project's capstone and the lessons learned through the internship program implementation. The author believes that the municipal and business communities of major cities would find this model viable and rewarding with additional ties to service learning and workforce development. Future needs would require looking into how to build an organizational structure in order to provide sustained financial resources to support students' participation in civic activities in underserved communities.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: National Science Foundation
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Michigan
Grant or Contract Numbers: DRL-0737589