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ERIC Number: EJ1110253
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1094-3277
Addressing the Call to Increase High School Students' STEM Awareness through a Collaborative Event Hosted by Science and Education Faculty: A How-to Approach
Angle, Julie M.; Colston, Nicole M.; French, Donald P.; Gustafson, John E.; O'Hara, Steven E.; Shaw, Edward I.
Science Educator, v25 n1 p43-50 Sum 2016
With the economic competitiveness of the United States dependent on an adequate supply of high-quality workers in the STEM fields, President Obama outlined a broad agenda to reinvigorate our country's interest in STEM. Responding to this call, organizations such as the National Lab Network and the STEM Education Coalition began efforts to raise public awareness to inspire K-12 students to pursue STEM careers. Answering the call to action, faculty from a Land-Grant institution developed their own version of National Lab Day (NLD), which extended beyond traditional college and departmental boundaries. This article describes a model used to create a greater awareness of STEM careers among attendees, recruit high school students into STEM fields, and provide STEM researchers with opportunities to disseminate their research to the general populace. It further describes the responsibilities of the NLD planning committee, which consisted of research and education faculty from each of the participating colleges across our university; the layout of the program; and the recruitment of STEM researchers, volunteers, and high school teachers and students. Data from NLD participants provides evidence of the success and impact of this five-year program. In addition, the possible implications of these efforts on research institutions are addressed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: High Schools
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Oklahoma
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