The Synergies Project: Preliminary Results and Insights from Two Years of Longitudinal Survey Research


Our study seeks to improve understanding of how STEM interest develops during adolescence, and how a variety of community resources and out-of-school activities support that development. Our 4-year, Synergies project is a longitudinal study that documents STEM interest and participation trajectories of a cohort of middle school-aged youth as they progress from 5th through 8th grade. The premise of the project is that if one more fully understood how and why people, in particular early adolescent youth, develop STEM-related interests through the utilization of STEM resources, it should be possible to create a more effective STEM education system that more successfully supports STEM learning for all.


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J. Falk
N. Staus
L. Dierking
J. Wyld
D. Bailey
W. Penuel
Cultural Relevance, Equity, and Diversity
Informal Learning and Afterschool
STEM Career Opportunities and Workforce Development
STEM Content and Standards
Youth Motivation and Interests in STEM
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