Informal Education

STEM Tales: Investigating the effect of media read-alouds on young children's STEM and literacy learning and interest in STEM careers

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STEM Tales is designed to engage 200 children (ages 4-8) and 400 parents through culturally responsive STEM media/activities at 20 library programs led by 40 library educators, the PBS digital media series is expected to reach two million viewers online.
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Engaging Rural Students in Artificial Intelligence to Develop Pathways for Innovative Computing Careers

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A Workshop to Synthesize Findings from Education Research Conducted During the Pandemic: Emerging Lessons From COVID-19

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Innovative Science, Technology Engineering, and Mathematics Work Force Development Project

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The iSTEM-WORK is designed to provide Black male students with STEM learning experiences that will increase the students’ exposure to innovation and creativity in the students’ exposure to innovation and creativity in the STEM disciplines.
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Transforming Preschoolers’ Spatial Orientation: Leveraging New Technologies for Learning in Early Childhood Classrooms and at Home

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Researchers and producers will develop and research a spatially focused mathematics curriculum that will engage 39 teachers, 50 families, and approximately 585-780 preschool children (Massachusetts, New York, DC).
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Career Exploration Lab: 3D Printing and STEM Engagement for High School Students with Visual Impairments and their Educators

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300 high school students with Visual Impairments and 270 sighted students located in 13 states, along with their STEM educators and teachers of the visually impaired, use astronomy and 3D printing to bolster interests in and knowledge of STEM.
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Fostering Joint Parent/Child Engagement in Preschool Computational Thinking by Leveraging Digital Media, Mobile Technology, and Library Settings in Urban and Rural Communities

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125 parents and preschool children in rural Mississippi and Kentucky use mobile, computational thinking apps at-home, supported by a virtual engagement model that helps librarians connect with parents and use digital media to bridge learning environments.
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An Embodied, Augmented Reality Coding Platform for Pair Programming

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A novel platform for creative coding in Augmented Reality will be developed, and its impact on computational concept learning and attitudes toward computer sciene will be tested in diverse high school students in National City, California.
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Empowering Informal Educators to Prepare Future Generations in Wireless Radio Communications with Mobile Resources

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Making Waves will design and test kits, mobile apps, and educator materials to support public understanding of radio frequency communications reaching multiple museums, 190 informal educators, 290 youth, 420 public visitors, and 20,000 online visitors.
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Advancing Refugee Youth's STEM and Social Capital Through Family-Focused Learning

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This project focuses on promoting STEM aspirations among youth and parents of refugee backgrounds through multiple strategies including participating in a college-knowledge program, field trips to campuses, and e-mentoring with STEM professionals.
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