Youth Motivation and Interests in STEM

National Science Foundation - Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST) Program Solicitation

ITEST is a program that promotes PreK-12 student interests and capacities to participate in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and information and communications technology (ICT) workforce of the future. To achieve this objective, ITEST supports the development, implementation, and selective spread of innovative strategies for engaging students in experiences that: 

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Drones: Summer Engineering Experience for Kids Aeronautical Engineering Engineering Design Challenge

Over the course of a week, your young engineers will be taking on the Drone Challenge.

Engineers will work in teams of 4-5 to apply the Engineering Design Process (EDP) and the scientific concepts related to simple machines, force, energy and motion. Below you will find your week-at-a-glance, a materials list, and some background information that will help you prepare for the challenge topic area. Also included is a copy of the challenge letter as well as the end of week challenge expectations.

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STEMStarter: A High School Capstone Course to Create STEM Career Pathways

High school capstone courses—culminating educational experiences for seniors as they conclude their formal high school education—have become increasingly popular across the nation, particularly in New England. The STEMStarter Capstone was designed to help Connecticut high schools meet new accreditation standards from the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) and graduation requirements that include a mastery-based learning project.

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Exploring I-poems to Explore the Identity of Underrepresented Engineering Student Makers

This Work in Progress Paper presents an NSF funded study focused on understanding the role that makerspaces play in the identity development of engineering students from underrepresented groups (URGs). In recent years, makerspaces have become a popular addition to universities, with an implicit assumption that makerspaces will increase students choosing to major in STEM disciplines.

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MakEval: Tools to Evaluate Maker Programs with Youth

The MakEval team is creating suites of tools—including surveys, assessments, and observation protocols—that provide educators, researchers and program administrators with information to evaluate maker programs/experiences with youth. MakEval identified a set of five key targets for evaluation, based on formal and informal maker educators’ survey and interview data, that include: creativity, critical thinking and problem solving, agency/independence, and involvement in STEM practices, and development of interest and identity in STEM/making.

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SciGirls Strategies Research Report

SciGirls Strategies Final Research Report on the use of gender equitable teaching strategies by high school CTE and STEM educators.

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SciGirls Strategies - Year Three Evaluation Reports

SciGirls Strategies year three evaluation and case studies reports on each participating educator.

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COMPUGIRLS Stepping Stone to Future Computer-Based Technology Pathways

The COMPUGIRLS: Culturally relevant technology program for adolescent girls was developed to promote underrepresented girls' future possible selves and career pathways in computer-related technology fields. We hypothesized that the COMPUGIRLS would promote academic possible selves and self-regulation to achieve these possible selves. We compared the growth trajectories of academic possible selves and self-regulation between the program participants and a comparison group using latent growth modeling for two semesters.

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Call for Proposals: ISTE 2019 Conference

The  International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) welcomes proposals to present at ISTE 2019: Bold Educators Activate Change, to be held in Philadelphia on June 23-26, 2019. 

We seek proposals from educators at any career stage, from all backgrounds and all parts of the world, and we love to see student participation in presentations! We also welcome exhibitor proposals that demonstrate noncommercial uses of technology to transform education.

What makes a good proposal?

ISTE is looking for presentations that:

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Call for Abstracts: Collaborative Network for Engineering and Computing Diversity (CoNECD) 2nd Annual Conference

2019 The Collaborative Network for Engineering and Computing Diversity (CoNECD)
Marriott Crystal Gateway, April 14 - 17, 2019

CoNECD is a collaborative effort of the American Society for Engineering Education’s (ASEE) Minorities in Engineering Division (MIND), and the ASEE Women in Engineering Division (WIED), NAMEPA (National Association of Multicultural Engineering Program Advocates), and WEPAN (Women in Engineering ProActive Network).

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