ERIC Number: EJ1078384
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
University Festival Promotes STEM Education
Quagliata, Andrew B.
Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, v16 n3 p20-23 Aug-Sep 2015
STEM education is argued as an essential ingredient in preparing our children for careers of the future. This study describes a university festival that includes the promotion of STEM-related career interests in young people among its goals. A total of 203 participants between the age of 7 and 17 completed both pre-event and post-event surveys. In addition, 86 participants submitted self-reflections on what they enjoyed and learned from this experience. Results suggest the event increased participants' interest in STEM-related careers. In addition, the event provided opportunities for participants to have personal dialogues with college students whom they regarded as role models, and helped them make the connection between subjects taught in school and careers they knew before, as well as new career paths.
Descriptors: STEM Education, Science Interests, Pretests Posttests, Participant Satisfaction, Cultural Activities, Learning Experience, Role Models, Career Choice, College School Cooperation, Community Surveys, Reflection, Science Fairs, Career Guidance, Guidance Programs, Surveys
Institute for STEM Education and Research. P.O. Box 4001, Auburn, AL 36831. Tel: 334-844-3360; Web site: http://www.jstem.org
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New York