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ERIC Number: EJ1074438
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Oct
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1059-0145
Charge It! Translating Electric Vehicle Research Results to Engage 7th and 8th Grade Girls
Egbue, Ona; Long, Suzanna; Ng, Ean-Harn
Journal of Science Education and Technology, v24 n5 p663-670 Oct 2015
Despite attempts to generate interest in science and technology careers, US students continue to show reduced interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) majors at the collegiate level. If girls are not engaged in STEM learning by the middle school level, studies show that they are even less likely to choose a science- or engineering-related major. This article presents results from a workshop for 7th and 8th grade girls designed to promote knowledge building in the area of sustainability and alternative energy use in transportation and to stimulate greater interest in STEM subjects. The workshop based on research conducted at University X focused on basic concepts of electric vehicles and electric vehicles' batteries. Tests were conducted to evaluate the students' knowledge and perceptions of electric vehicles and to determine the impact of the workshop. Early exposure to meaningful engineering experiences for these young girls may boost interest and the eventual pursuit of engineering and technology education paths.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Middle Schools; Secondary Education; Junior High Schools; Grade 7; Elementary Education; Grade 8
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Language: English
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