Informal Education

Engineering Experiences: Research on Student Competency, Motivation and Persistence in STEM for Underserved Youth

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Expired
More than 100 suburban students in Boulder CO from low SES backgrounds in middle school are engaged in structured, project-based out of school time engineering experiences in conjunction with the I Have a Dream program.
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GeniConnect: Game-based Learning, Mentoring, and Laboratory Experiences - A Model for Industry-Afterschool Partnerships

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Expired
One hundred fifty middle school youth engage in genetics via digital gaming, hands-on biotechnology activities, and mentoring by industry professionals in out-of-school time program in a Boston-area community center serving underrepresented populations.
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From Data To Awesome (D2A): Youth Learning to be Data Scientists

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Expired
More than 300 underserved Bay Area young people annually are motivated and prepared to discover, utilize and share data science skills as they produce high-impact interactive media for local communities and national audiences.
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Creating a Virtual Infrastructure for Engaging Rural Youth in STEM Disciplines through Computer Science

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Expired
72 STEM educators are trained to engage 1000 grade 5-8 students in structured computer science + mathematics education activites in 24 primarily rural Maine schools & community afterschool centers.
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Zipping Towards STEM: Integrating Engineering Design into the Middle School Physical Science Curriculum

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Expired
Approximately 1800 eighth-grade students in the Akron Public Schools system will participate in a unit on Force and Motion using engineering design/re-design principles associated with the testing, evaluation and manufacture of Soap Box Derby Mini-Cars.
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Next Step Learning: Bridging Science Education and Cleantech Careers with Innovative Technologies

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Expired
More than two thousand students in Massachusetts use innovative technologies such as infrared camera and engineering software to learn and practice science and engineering through improving energy efficiency and design solar solutions of their homes.
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LinCT: Linking Educators, Youth, and Learners in Computational Thinking

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Expired
3,000 suburban learners ages 6-13 will engage in technology-based learning experiences across both informal & formal educational settings. Programs will be led by female pre/in-service teachers & youth from demographics that are underrepresented in STEM.
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Innovative Collaborative Research Experience and Technical Education (iCREATE)

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Expired
Approximately 150 rural high school students from Flagstaff, AZ and surrounding reservations are engaged in a problem-based learning experience in a CTE bioscience course designed to increase the local bioscience workforce through community involvement.
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Authentic Art Making as a Vehicle for Connecting to STEM Learning and Careers

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Expired
60 racially and ethnically diverse, low-income urban teens, grades 9-12, in Boston, MA encounter science, technology, engineering, and math and/or STEM-related careers through authentic art and design projects completed during out-of-school time.
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Motivating Bilingual Hispanic Youth Towards STEM & STEM Cognate Study and Careers (MIO STEM)

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Expired
More than 200 students each year will complete a game-infused journey designed to help middle-school Latino students identify STEM passions, explore possible professions, pursue career pathways, and closing with planning futures.
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