Addressing Inequity through the ITEST Program
The Black Lives Matter movement has ignited renewed calls for equality and has caused individuals, institutions, and organizations to turn inward and reflect on their role in a system built on racism and oppression. As these conversations continue, they highlight how deeply racism runs through every facet of life; justice, poverty, health, and of course education. As education researchers, the ITEST community is well-situated to study these issues, to explore ways of making learning more equitable, and to make recommendations to the larger field.
Historically, the ITEST program has always had a strong focus on equity in education. The 2004 solicitation states the goal of ITEST-funded programming is "to provide middle- and high-school students, particularly those from disadvantaged urban and rural communities, access to year-round IT enrichment experiences and opportunities to explore related education and career paths." Fifteen years later, as the program's focus has expanded from IT to all STEM careers, issues of equity and efforts to broadening participation in STEM have remained at the forefront. The 2019 solicitation includes a specific section (Additional Soclicitation Specific Review Criteria) emphasizing the questions that proposers must address regarding their participation efforts. For more on this, be sure to read the guidance provided by Brianna Roche in her blog post "Leveraging Student's Strengths in STEM: Tips for Proposal Writers."
In the spirit of inspiring the next round of equity-focused STEM education research projects, STELAR would like to highlight a selection of current and past ITEST projects, resources, and publications that focus on students of color and specifically African American youth.
Photo courtesy of ITEST PI Phillip Eaglin, Developing Digital Makers in the Coding Makerspace to Include Boys of Color in Computer Science Learning and Cybersecurity Workforce Development Project
Developing Digital Makers in the Coding Makerspace to Include Boys of Color in Computer Science Learning and Cybersecurity Workforce Development
This project will advance efforts of the Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST) program to better understand and promote practices that increase students' motivations and capacities to pursue careers in fields of science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM). The Coding Makerspace is providing hands-on digital maker projects and support for boys of color to earn certification in Python, the computer programming language related to cybersecurity. The Makerspace is also exposing boys of color ages eight and above to research-based and best practices in
Project BUILD (Building Using an Interactive Learning Design)
This project will advance efforts of the Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST) program to better understand and promote practices that increase students' motivations and capacities to pursue careers in fields of science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) by bringing together youth (grades 2-5), their families, librarians, and professional engineers in an informal environment centered on engaging youth with age-appropriate, technology-rich STEM learning experiences fundamental to the engineering design process.
Influence of Industry-Informed STEM Pathways on Student Experiences and Outcomes in Non-Selective Urban School
This project will advance efforts of the Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST) program to better understand and promote practices that increase student motivations and capacities to pursue careers in fields of science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM). This Industry-Informed STEM Pathways for Students is a project concerned with underrepresentation of people of color and women in STEM fields.
Preparing African American Males for Energy & Education (PAAMEE)
The proposed project, Preparing African American Males for Energy and Education (PAAMEE), is an ITEST Strategies project designed to expose, motivate and prepare African American males for technical careers and post-secondary education in the Power Generation and Renewable Energy industries.
Project Spotlight: Strengthening the STEM Pipeline for Elementary School African Americans, Hispanics, and Girls by Scaling Up Summer Engineering Experiences
As part of our series exploring what ITEST projects have been up to in the summer of 2017, we learned about the work of Strengthening the STEM Pipeline for Elementary School African Americans, Hispanics, and Girls by Scaling Up Summer Engineering Experiences led by Principal Investigator Karl Reid of the National Society of Black Eng
Developmentally Appropriate Strategies for Targeting Early Adolescents' Motivation in STEM
This project will develop specific strategies for teachers, STEM career professionals, and caregivers of economically disadvantaged African American middle school adolescents.
ITEST Engineering Model: Building a Better Future for STEM Learning
The report includes examples drawn from projects in the national ITEST program which seeks to ensure the breadth and depth of the U.S. STEM workforce.
Growing Plants and Scientists: Fostering Positive Attitudes toward Science among All Participants in an Afterschool Hydroponics Program
STEM Media That Matters: Summative Evaluation of Youth Radio’s Innovation Lab
To explore the role and impact of Youth Radio’s NEXT: The Innovation Lab, Rockman et al, an independent research and evaluation organization, conducted an external evaluation of the project.
Leveraging a Multi-Partner Approach to Develop Successful STEM Outreach Programs
Careers in the U.S. that require STEM knowledge have grown rapidly, reinforcing the need to develop a future
workforce that is prepared to meet growing business needs and solve global challenges. Considering that there is a low number of
students pursuing STEM degrees and the low percentages of minority students in the STEM pipeline, STEM education has
been a focus of local and national education curriculum reform efforts. Extending beyond the classroom, university, industry,
Maximizing Accessibility: Providing Summer Engineering Experiences for Racially, Ethnically, and Economically Underrepresented Youth
The drive for broader participation in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) has resulted in a growing interest in out-of-school programs that bring enriching educational experiences to children from ethnic and racial groups that are traditionally underrepresented, particularly children from low-income households. Ideally, such programs would have clear strategies for recruiting students from low-income communities, thereby minimizing barriers to participation, such as transportation and cost.
Techno-Social Change Agents: Fostering Activist Dispositions Among Girls of Color
Discourse about girls and women of color in technology has followed the familiar path of using a single-unit analysis to explain disparity. Consequently, approaches to “motivate” girls of color overemphasize gender and engage in technological fetishization without fully considering how race, gender, class, and technology are co-constituted.
SciGirls Strategies Implementation Evaluation Report
For the SciGirls Strategies supplemental activity, ten educators were trained to be SciGirls Strategies trainers during June 2019 (see the Training Evaluation Report). During that time, they developedaction plans for their local teacher training. The goal was for each Trainer to train ten or moreteachers in their local schools/districts.
STEM Career Interest Questionnaire
The STEM Career Interest Questionnaire is a 12-item survey using a Likert scale. Items comprise three scales, measuring perception of supportive environment for pursuing a career in science, interest in pursuing educational opportunities that would lead to a career in science, and perceived importance of a career in science.
The links and attached documents provide the instrument as well as documentation for the instrument.
Authors provide instrument validity and/or reliability information.
Engineering Identity Development Among Pre‐Adolescent Learners
The purpose of this study was to examine the development of the Engineering Identity Development Scale (EIDS), an instrument designed to assess elementary school students' identity development in engineering. This study describes a three-phase approach to item construction, administration, and the gathering reliable and valid evidence for scores on the EIDS.
Culturally Responsive Teaching Outcome Expectancy (CRTOE) Scale
The Culturally Responsive Teaching Outcome Expectancy (CRTOE) Scale was developed and administered to a sample of preservice teachers in the Midwest.
Culturally Responsive Teaching Self-Efficacy Scale (CRTSE)
The Culturally Responsive Teaching Self-Efficacy Scale (CRTSE) was developed and administered to a sample of preservice teachers in the Midwest. It was designed to elicit information from preservice teachers regarding their self-efficacy to execute specific culturally responsive teaching tasks.
ITEST Webinar: Positionality Matters: Understanding Culture and Context From the Perspective of Key Stakeholders
Moderator: Alyssa Na'im
Presenters: Araceli Martinez Ortiz, Sustainable Future; Pam Van Dyck, Evaluation Resources; Karen Yanowitz, CSI; Angelique Tucker Blackmon, Try-IT
ITEST Webinar: Diversifying the STEM Workforce: The ITEST Program
Presenters: Siobhan Bredin, ITEST Learning Resource Center at EDC; Cynthia Newson, ITEST Learning Resource Center at EDC; Dr. Kimberly A. Scott, COMPUGIRLS; Dr. Kevin Clark, Game Design Through Mentoring and Collaboration; Dr. Daryl Williams, National Science Foundation
NSF Opportunities: Broadening Participation in STEM
STELAR hosted a special webinar held on behalf of the National Science Foundation Directorate for Education and Human Resources (EHR) highlighting funding opportunities within EHR especially aimed at broadening participation in STEM.
Thursday, June 22, 12:30-3 pm ET
Program Officers from all four EHR Divisions presented: