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ERIC Number: EJ1063387
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 6
ISSN: EISSN-1557-5284
An Innovative Method to Teach Physics to 4-H Students
Raju, P. K.; Sankar, Chetan S.; Cook, John A.
Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, v5 n3-4 p53-66 Jul-Dec 2004
The need to impart technological literacy to youth is vital for a state such as Alabama, since it has historically received relatively low levels of Federal research and development funding (EPSCOR). Thirty five counties in the state of Alabama have less than 10% of the general population with college degrees. As our society becomes more and more science and technology oriented, there is a need to motivate our youth to consider technical areas of study and to develop a better understanding of what the 21st century workplace will be like. A pilot study was conducted at a camp in Birmingham, AL, where instructional materials were presented using cartoon characters, connection to a real-world company problem, and a hands-on experiment. Twenty-four students from six counties in Alabama participated in the camp. Evaluation results show that the pilot study engaged the students in the learning process, brought together individuals and organizations from the informal and formal education communities, and benefited the 4-H students tremendously. These results lead us to conclude that the U.S. government and private organizations need to invest in development of innovative instructional materials so that young students could perform hands-on experiments, use information technologies to document the results of the experiments, and thereby connect science & math theories to real-world applications.
Institute for STEM Education and Research. P.O. Box 4001, Auburn, AL 36831. Tel: 334-844-3360; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Tests/Questionnaires; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Middle Schools; Secondary Education; Junior High Schools; Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: National Science Foundation
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Alabama
Grant or Contract Numbers: 9752353|9950514|0001454|0089036