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Mac Iver, Martha Abele; Mac Iver, Douglas J. – Urban Education, 2019
This article reports findings from a quasi-experimental study of the impact of a summer robotics program for urban middle-grade students. The study focuses on student engagement, measured by school attendance rate the year following the program. Program students, who were nearly all low-income minority students, were matched to comparison students…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Robotics, Attendance, Attendance Patterns
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Clary, Renee M.; Elder, Anastasia; Dunne, James; Saebo, Svein; Beard, Debbie; Wax, Charles; Tucker, Deborah L. – School Science and Mathematics, 2018
The Teacher Academy in the Natural Sciences (TANS) provided middle school (U.S. Grades 6-8) teachers (N = 81) with intensive professional development (PD) in chemistry, geosciences, and physics, with teachers enrolled in one scientific discipline per year. Because some teachers were retained and rotated into different disciplines, the TANS program…
Descriptors: Middle School Teachers, Pedagogical Content Knowledge, Retention (Psychology), Faculty Development
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Yang, Kaidi; Guo, Cun-Yue; Glaser, Rainer E. – Journal of Chemical Education, 2018
This paper describes the adaptation of an upper-division undergraduate seminar course taught at the University of Missouri in Columbia (MU) to the Summer School Program of the University of Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing (UCAS). The course "Scientific Writing in Chemistry" addresses an essential need for science students across…
Descriptors: Global Approach, Program Implementation, Technical Writing, Science Instruction
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Dailey, Debbie; Jackson, Nykela; Cotabish, Alicia; Trumble, Jason – Roeper Review, 2018
Informal science opportunities provide authentic experiences to stimulate students' interests in science and engineering and foster their curiosity through problem-based investigations. STEMulate Engineering Academy was designed to provide children (Grades 3-5) engineering opportunities and offer teachers a unique professional development…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Engineering Education, Learner Engagement, Science Interests
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Koomen, Michele Hollingsworth; Rodriguez, Elizabeth; Hoffman, Alissa; Petersen, Cindy; Oberhauser, Karen – Science Education, 2018
This study reports on the process and development of middle school science fair projects inspired by a summer science program of citizen science monitoring (Monarch Larvae Monitoring Project) with their classroom teacher. We gathered and analyzed qualitative data (interviews, focus groups, and project boards). Our analysis revealed three key…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Science Fairs, Summer Science Programs, Qualitative Research
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Musavi, Mohamad; Friess, Wilhelm A.; James, Cary; Isherwood, Jennifer C. – International Journal of STEM Education, 2018
Background: The University of Maine Stormwater Management and Research Team (SMART) program began in 2014 with the goal of creating a diverse science-technology-engineering-math (STEM) pathway with community water research. The program engages female and underrepresented minority high school students in locally relevant STEM research. It focuses…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Water, High School Students, Females
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Smith, Shaunna – Interdisciplinary Journal of Problem-based Learning, 2018
In the context of a 10-day summer camp makerspace experience that employed design-based learning (DBL) strategies, the purpose of this descriptive case study was to better understand the ways in which children use visualization skills to negotiate design as they move back and forth between the world of nondigital design techniques (i.e., drawing,…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Visualization, Spatial Ability, Visual Literacy
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Hernandez, Paul R.; Hopkins, Patricia D.; Masters, Krysta; Holland, Lisa; Mei, Betty M.; Richards-Babb, Michelle; Quedado, Kimberly; Shook, Natalie J. – CBE - Life Sciences Education, 2018
It is widely recognized that the United States needs to attract and retain more people in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers. Intensive undergraduate research experiences (UREs) are one of the few strategies shown to improve longitudinal student interest and persistence in STEM-related career pathways; however, less…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Science Careers, Longitudinal Studies, Mentors
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Schneid, Stephen D.; Apperson, April; Laiken, Nora; Mandel, Jess; Kelly, Carolyn J.; Brandl, Katharina – Advances in Health Sciences Education, 2018
Medical schools with a diverse student body face the challenge of ensuring that all students succeed academically. Many medical schools have implemented prematriculation programs to prepare students from diverse backgrounds; however, evidence on their impact is largely lacking. In this study, we analyzed participants' demographics as well as the…
Descriptors: Medical Schools, Summer Science Programs, Guidance Programs, Demography
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Ghadiri Khanaposhtani, Maryam; Liu, ChangChia James; Gottesman, Benjamin L.; Shepardson, Daniel; Pijanowski, Bryan – International Journal of Science Education, Part B: Communication and Public Engagement, 2018
Youth are introduced to STEM topics through informal settings like science camps, aquaria, and zoos. In these interactive and sensory-rich environments, a well-designed programme can help participants to acquire knowledge and cultivate interest through experiential learning. Given the importance of informal activities in environmental education,…
Descriptors: Day Camp Programs, Middle School Students, STEM Education, Teamwork
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Tai, Robert H.; Kong, Xiaoqing; Mitchell, Claire E.; Dabney, Katherine P.; Read, Daniel M.; Jeffe, Donna B.; Andriole, Dorothy A.; Wathington, Heather D. – CBE - Life Sciences Education, 2017
Do summer laboratory research apprenticeships during high school have an impact on entry into MD/PhD programs? Apart from the nearly decade-long span of time between high school and matriculation into an MD/PhD program, young people have many life-shaping experiences that presumably impact their education and career trajectories. This quantitative…
Descriptors: High School Students, Apprenticeships, Summer Science Programs, Science Laboratories
Gafney, Leo – Online Submission, 2017
This report is based on several evaluations of NSF-funded geoscience projects at Stony Brook University on Long Island, NY. The report reviews the status of K-12 geoscience education, identifying challenges posed by the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), the experiences of university faculty engaged in teacher preparation, state…
Descriptors: Science Education, Earth Science, Elementary Secondary Education, Program Evaluation
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Reding, Tracie Evans; Squires, Amelia; Grandgenett, Neal; Keller, Sydney; Grandgenett, Hanna; Hodge, Angie; Argo, Christina; Jacobberger, Katrina – International Journal of Research in Education and Science, 2017
There is a global issue concerning the disparity in educational achievement associated with the socioeconomic status of students, known in the U.S. as the Achievement Gap. This Achievement Gap highly correlates with what has been called the Opportunity Gap for professional careers. This paper discusses this Opportunity Gap and how the University…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Summer Science Programs, Educational Quality, Teacher Student Relationship
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Bircher, Lisa S.; Sansenbaugher, Bonnie – Science and Children, 2017
This article describes an elementary science summer day camp at East Palatine High School in East Palestine, Ohio, for students in grades K-4, aided by high school (grades 9-12) student mentors. The school's Outdoor Area for Studies in Science (OASIS) is used for formal and informal studies in science for an elementary science camp week. The camp…
Descriptors: Summer Science Programs, Elementary School Students, High School Students, Mentors
Fletcher, Trina Lolita – ProQuest LLC, 2017
African American and Black women are twice as likely to enroll in higher education in comparison to Black men. However, when it comes to engineering degrees awarded in 2015, only 24% of the Black recipients were women. A potential solution may be to introduce engineering to pre-college Black female students through extracurricular program. Being…
Descriptors: Females, Engineering Education, Single Sex Schools, Outcomes of Education
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