New Orleans, Louisiana
June 26, 2016
June 26, 2016
August 28, 2016
Pre-College Engineering Education Division
This research investigates the impact a Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) program has on student interest in, and perception of, technology and engineering (sTEm). ROV programs embed all areas of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) into their curriculum; however, emphasis for this research is placed on interest and perception of the “T” and “E” of STEM. Although there are many articles detailing the benefits of ROV programs, there is little empirical data documenting the impact on student interest and perception of sTEm. This research paper outlines an ROV statewide program within a landlocked state, and presents the findings from a sTEm survey instrument administrated to over 300 junior high aged students who participated in a five-month ROV program and near 50 students who did not. The statistical significant results from the survey show students in the program score higher than those not in the program when asked to rate the following statements on a 5pt agree scale: “I will probably get an engineering job later on” (p value: .019), “If there was a school club about engineering I would certainly join it” (p value: .021), and “How much do you like science?” (p value: .014).
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