Informal Education

Virtual Access to STEM Careers (VASC)

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Engineering Academy: Educating Engineers of the Future

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This project will advance efforts to understand and promote practices that increase students' motivations and capacities to pursue careers in STEM by preparing students in high need middle schools for science and math courses, and engineering careers.
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Case Study of Experiential, Capstones in Industry: Understanding High School Students Interest and Preparation for STEM Careers

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More than 300 students high school students participating in STEM, industry-based, out of school, elective, project-based learning, are supported by industry-partners, teachers, and program leaders along with teachers and leaders from their home-school.
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Culturally Relevant Computing Activities and Career Readiness for At-Risk Youth

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Esports as a vehicle for STEM career readiness for 48 at-risk youth through culturally relevant computing techniques within a living-learning community camp setting.
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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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