Informal Education

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

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Expired
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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Active
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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Expired
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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Expired
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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Expired
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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Active
This project will seek to better understand and advance the awareness and persistence toward STEM-related careers by students with visual impairments (VI) through accessible project-based learning and mentorship from a VI professional.
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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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Rural Girls Engaged in Math and Science Plus Technology

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Active
One hundred twenty junior and senior high school girls from three Mississippi rural counties will participate in a summer apprenticeship program and other activities to increase their awareness about STEM and computer science educational/career pathways.
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Broadening Participation of Latina/o Students in Engineering Using an Integrated Mathematics, Engineering and Computing Curriculum in Authentic, Out-of-School Environments

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Expired
An integrated curriculum combines middle school mathematics and computer programming to engage 120 Latina/o middle school students, 4 teachers from urban and rural schools in New Mexico, and 10 undergraduate students to learn authentic STEM practices.
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