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Design Loft STEM Learning Program

Description

The Design Loft STEM Learning Program is introducing 400 underserved middle school students in California to engineering careers. The goal of the program is to develop students' ability to define and create solutions for real world problems by using "design thinking." The program's learning activities expose students to design thinking tasks that produce low-cost engineering solutions to improve the lives of poor people around the world. Students are designing cost-effective ways of increasing impoverished people's access to water, shelter, and energy. The project's objectives are to (1) develop design-based intersession career camps, (2) create a professional community institute and web site for camp educators and teachers from partner schools, (3) develop a participant-mentoring course for STEM college students, and (4) assess the effectiveness of the design-based STEM career camp model. Anticipated outcomes include exposure of middle school students to design thinking and engineering careers, development of instructional resources for teachers, creation of a scalable model program for teaching and learning about design thinking and engineering careers, and collection of project effectiveness data.

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PROJECT DETAILS

Award Number
1029929
Project Duration
2011 - 2015
Category
Strategies
Organization(s)
Stanford University, Stanford, CA
Project Work State
CA
UT
Target Gradespan(s)
Elementary school (K-5)
Middle school (6-8)
Post-secondary
Project Setting(s)
Formal Education
Informal Education
Geographic Location(s)
Rural
Suburban
Urban
Project Status
Expired
Additional Disciplines
Engineering - design
Additional Target Participants
Educators
STEM Professionals
Students
Boys
Girls
English Learners
Students eligible for Free/reduced price lunch
Black or African American
Hispanic or Latino