Informal Education

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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Enhancing Underrepresented Boys' Engagement in STEM through Mentoring and Father Involvement

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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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Examining the Impact of an Industry-aligned, STEM Problem Based Learning Curriculum on Native Hawaiian and Underrepresented Youth Workforce Development

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Over 170 Native Hawaiian and underrepresented youth, grades 9-12, participate in an integrated STEM 5-week summer program using problem based learning with authentic problems and technology provided by STEM industry on the islands of Maui, Oahu, and Hilo.
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Connecting STEM to Music and the Physics of Sound Waves

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Two thousands youth grades 7-10 learn science through making electronic music and musical instruments. Programs developed in-school and in after school settings. Professional development and online resources for teachers.
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Developing a Model for Expanding Informal Tech Education for Underrepresented Communities through Makerspaces

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Active
Three middle/high after-school programs in Maryland will be trained to bring Makerspace thinking to their informal education programs to introduce a tech component and supported with a discovery-based maker course for their youth.
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Nebraska Innovative Maker Co-laboratory

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More than 75 rural youth in grades 6-12 in rural Western Nebraska are engaged in Makerspace activities using two / main strategies; a) virtual collaborative spaces and b) robotic telepresence, to provide rural youth access to mentors.
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Project BUILD (Building Using an Interactive Learning Design)

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350 youth (grades 2-5), 100 caregivers, 16+ librarians, and 16+ engineers participate in a library education program centered on engaging youth with age-appropriate, technology-rich STEM learning experiences fundamental to the engineering process.
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Project-Based Learning Opportunities and Exploration of Mentorship for Students with Visual Impairments in STEM

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Science Technology Engineering and Math: Developing Education and Career Opportunity Systems

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Active
120 students with disabilities grades 9 - 12 in rural and suburban communities engage in hands-on learning experiences and opportunities for STEM career exploration using on line tools, school sponsored activities and community based learning experiences
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Fostering Equitable Science through Parental Involvement and Technology

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Active
Fourteen teachers and 1400 immigrant and minority middle school students and parents from urban schools in Minnesota will participate social learning environment activities to increase parental and/or familial involvement in science education.
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