ERIC Number: EJ1067858
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Empowering Girls with Chemistry, Exercise and Physical Activity
Clapham, Emily D.; Ciccomascolo, Lori E.; Clapham, Andrew J.
Strategies: A Journal for Physical and Sport Educators, v28 n4 p40-46 2015
Research suggests that a girl's career interests in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) declines between grades 6 and 8. Similarly, in middle school, there is a decrease in physical activity among girls. Researchers at the University of Rhode Island (URI) conducted a chemistry-based science camp that took place over the public school spring break with the goal of increasing girls' interest in chemistry and physical activity. The camp included 42 middle school age girls in grades 6 through 8 from schools throughout Rhode Island. Interdisciplinary curricula were created to link chemistry with physical activity concepts used in physical education classes. Overall, the girls enjoyed the interdisciplinary curriculum and found the connection between science and physical activity to be interesting; as a result, similar science-based interdisciplinary curricula may have the capacity to promote physical activity as well as STEM career interests in girls.
Descriptors: Chemistry, Exercise, Physical Activities, STEM Education, Student Empowerment, Day Camp Programs, Interdisciplinary Approach, Concept Formation, Physical Education, Correlation, Health Promotion, Career Awareness, Females, Middle School Students, Grade 6, Grade 8, Grade 7, Life Style
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Middle Schools; Secondary Education; Junior High Schools; Grade 6; Intermediate Grades; Elementary Education; Grade 8; Grade 7
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Identifiers - Location: Rhode Island
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