Informal Education

Activating Student Potential through Innovation and Real-World Experience

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One thousand rural, suburban and urban students, grades 4-5 in MD, VA and DC, will participate in STEM simulation adventures, engineering challenges and writing exercises that include 21st century skill and delivered into classrooms via the cloud.
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Influence of Industry-Informed STEM Pathways on Student Experiences and Outcomes in Non-Selective Urban School

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In a low-income, non-selective public school in Boston, 300 high school students (largely African American and English learners) participate in STEM career pathways that include aligned sequences of coursework, work-based learning, and career training.
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Exploring Careers and Learning Informally to Prepare for STEM Employment

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More than 100 urban and suburban youth grades 9-12 are engaged in a year long after school paid internship program using project-based learning and direct service learning.
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Voices to Hear (V2H): Native American Youth Learning About Environmental Sciences, Related Careers and Engaging Their Communities through Podcasts

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This project focuses on creating accessibility and providing a sense of belonging for Native American Youth in STEM fields. Students will develop and share podcasts about environmental problems faced by their communities and learn about place and culture.
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Leveraging the U.S. Army Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) Program to Develop a Regional STEM Workforce

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In Mobile, AL, 500 Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) students, grades 9-11, participate in a 6-day summer academy that emphasizes leadership, STEM learning, and STEM careers through industry site visits, design challenges, and guest speakers.
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The Bessie Coleman Project - Using Computer Modeling and Flight Simulation to Create STEM Pathways

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During the three-year project, approximately 1,000 rural and urban elementary and middle school students will engage in a broad range of project activities - from 3D computer modeling and game design (grades 4-5), to flight simulation using drones.
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A Government-University-Industry Partnership and STEM CareerBuilder for the R&D of an Innovative Computer Forensics Program & an Education-Career Pathway for Girls

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One hundred and fifty 10th-11th grade girls in the Promise Zones, Governor-designated STEM Community, and COSTEMA, Oklahoma, participate in STEM/Forensic career-building interventions (e.g. job shadowing, mentoring, internships, and research fellowships).
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Biomechanics to Offer Diverse Young Minds Opportunities to Develop, Explore, and Learn STEM

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More than 60 educators and 120 youth will participate in an intensive curriculum design, implementation, refinement and research project that strives to integrate Biomechanics into elementary science for the learning of interdisciplinary STEM Topics.
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Exploring STEM Impact and Engagement in Student-Led and Purpose-Driven Projects

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Leveraging the constructionist design paradigm and project-based service learning, the project will investigate how framing STEM practices to contribute to and improve one's community might increase student interest in STEM fields
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Enhancing Underrepresented Boys' Engagement in STEM through Mentoring and Father Involvement

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Active
Approximately 100 underrepresented students in Houston, TX are engaged in hands-on, out-of-school STEM projects that focus on the engineering design process through mentorship from underrepresented STEM undergraduates
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