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Bowers, Sharon W.; Williams, Thomas O., Jr.; Ernst, Jeremy V. – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2020
Recent developments in initiatives, standards, and legislative agendas have led to increases in the number of STEM educators, in particular elementary STEM educators. This study investigates and reports the characteristics and credentials of this group and explores the features and characteristics of the student population within their classrooms.…
Descriptors: Profiles, STEM Education, Elementary School Students, National Surveys
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Bowen, Bradley; Shume, Teresa – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2020
This study investigates how participating in a teacher externship program increases the awareness of how effective communication plays a critical role in an industry-based environment. It also studies the teacher participants' commitment to changing their classroom practices as a result of acquiring this awareness. The program of focus, the…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Summer Programs, Work Experience Programs, Elementary School Teachers
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Spaulding, Dean T.; Kennedy, Jelane A.; Rózsavölgyi, Amanda; Colón, Wilfredo – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2020
While the majority of STEM persistence has focused on outcomes for first-year students there has been little investigation into the outcomes for peer mentors and no investigation into whether peer mentors perceive the experience differently based on gender, ethnicity or other relevant variables. The purpose of this study was to examine an archival…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Academic Persistence, Mentors, Peer Teaching
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Peterson, Bryanne – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2020
Watson and McMahon's (2005) work identified a need for research to examine the what and how of children's career development learning; this research is a start to answering that call, specifically focusing on STEM career interest as a precursor to development due to the current needs nationally for an increase in the STEM pipeline. This study…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Career Choice, Curriculum Development, Teaching Methods
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Iqbal, Mohammad Z.; Clayton, Maureen E. – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2020
An interactive, field-based course on the environmental aspects of natural water was developed as part of STEM initiatives at a comprehensive university in the United States. The project is funded by the National Science Foundation. The course is focused on two fundamental student skills, such as hydrologic field procedures and analytical methods.…
Descriptors: Earth Science, Water, Interdisciplinary Approach, STEM Education
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Sami, Jasmine B.; Stein, Zachary; Sinclair, Krystin; Medsker, Larry – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2020
Members of the Data Science Program at George Washington University (GWU) designed and implemented a tuition-free two-week summer camp at GWU for high-school students from the Washington Metro Area. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Office of the Chief Information Officer and his staff were our main partners in the project. The…
Descriptors: Data, Data Analysis, Information Utilization, High School Students
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Sanchez, Jafeth E.; Usinger, Janet – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2019
This article presents a program evaluation of a six-week middle school pilot program focused on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) enrichment using robotics, specifically VEX Robots™. Two key questions guided this evaluation: (a) Does exposure to robotics influence middle school dispositions about STEM and careers in STEM? and (b)…
Descriptors: Program Effectiveness, Robotics, Pilot Projects, Middle School Students
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Kramer, Barbara; Walston, Timothy – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2019
An integrative introduction to the sciences and an introduction to scientific writing can provide a strong foundation for broadly trained STEM majors to explore the interconnectedness of STEM disciplines and prepare them for scientific research. These goals have been accomplished through a sequence of two first-year courses, STEM 101: Integrative…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Interdisciplinary Approach, Thinking Skills, Scientific Principles
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Schilling, Malle; Pinnell, Margaret – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2019
In the present day, it is not uncommon for there to be a class full of engineering students with very few women among them. To combat this lack of gender diversity, colleges and universities have employed outreach programs and developed summer engagement opportunities that allow women to explore engineering before they graduate high school. The…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Gender Differences, Self Efficacy, Creativity
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Hill, Erin M.; Anderson, Laurie; Finley, Brandon; Hillyard, Cinnamon; Kochanski, Mark – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2019
What motivates and demotivates students in their engagement in at-home work for high-stakes assignments, such as test preparation and writing and revising papers? This paper outlines a student-centered method to identify learning strategies students actually use and obstacles students actually face compared to what is reported in the literature.…
Descriptors: Learning Processes, Undergraduate Students, Barriers, STEM Education
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Chapman, Jessica L.; Hill, Adam D.; Nagel-Myers, Judith; Ramler, Ivan P. – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2019
St. Lawrence University received a five-year Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S-STEM) award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to create the multidisciplinary Liberal Arts Science Scholars program (award #1458712), which makes a high quality science and mathematics education accessible to high achieving,…
Descriptors: Liberal Arts, Interdisciplinary Approach, Models, Majors (Students)
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Scott-Parker, B.; Barone-Nugent, E. – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2019
Global progress has arisen from scientific advances and we currently live in the age of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM); science as a way of increasing the knowledge base, technology as a means of manifesting the science, engineering as a way of building and creating with it, and mathematics to devise the language we use…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Females, Learner Engagement, High School Students
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Strimel, Greg J.; Kim, Eunhye; Bosman, Lisa – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2019
Competitive growth in today's economy requires engineers to possess innovation skills to create novel designs. An entrepreneurial mindset enables people to think and then act in a certain way to discover, evaluate, and exploit opportunities by understanding the value proposition of a new idea, identifying the potential market, and adapting ideas…
Descriptors: Design, Engineering Education, Competition, Teaching Methods
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Yang, Dazhi; Xu, Dianxiang; Yeh, Jyh-haw; Fan, Yibo – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2019
Undergraduate research opportunities have expanded from elite universities in the United States to universities and institutions of all ranks and sizes. Research studies have shown positive outcomes in regards to the research experience for undergraduates (REU), such as enhanced research skills and competencies. However, with the widespread…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Student Research, Computer Security, Information Security
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Lecocke, Michael; Shaw, Jason; Martines, Ian; Wolff, Necia; Cano, Paulina; Tobares, Vanessa – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2019
The St. Mary's University Jump Start summer bridge program for precalculus was implemented for the first time in August 2014 and completed its third iteration in August 2016. This 12-day summer bridge program occurred immediately before the beginning of the fall semester. The primary intent of this program was to effectively provide prerequisite…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Transitional Programs, Summer Programs, Majors (Students)
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