June 26, 2011
June 26, 2011
June 29, 2011
K-12 & Pre-College Engineering
22.246.1 - 22.246.15
Assessing the Impact of Active Learning on K-8 Students and Their Parents during GK-12 Outreach Program Administered Family STEM NightsAbstractGK-12 outreach program administered Family STEM Nights are supported by the University andare held at public elementary or middle schools in the county throughout the school year. Theyare an opportunity for parents to bring their children to school to learn about science, technology,engineering and math through fun, hands-on activities. The outreach program brings theactivities to the school, sets them up and administers them. Each activity is designed fromeveryday materials to teach parents and children that STEM fields exist and are learnable. Wewill show that K-8 students and their parents gain a better understanding of technology and whatan engineer is just by participating in hands-on activities at Family STEM Nights. This impactwill be assessed by using the first two pages of the assessment from the Engineering isElementary workbook, “Catching the Wind” as a pre- and post event test. We will also show achange in perception and beliefs towards science, technology, education and math through a pre-and post event survey.A GE Foundation and National Science Foundation funded GK-12 Outreach Program at theUniversity administers Family STEM Nights at eleven public elementary and two public middleschools throughout the county during the academic year. A program graduate Fellow schedulesthe events with the school representative and recruits undergraduate program Fellows,Engineering Outreach Ambassadors and Women in Science and Engineering from the College ofEngineering and Teaching Fellows from the College of Education at the University. The event isa true collaboration between the Colleges of Engineering and Education at the University and theCounty schools. Attendance at each Family STEM Night ranges between 150 – 250 parents andchildren.
Albers, L., & Bottomley, L., & Parry, E. A. (2011, June), Assessing the Impact of Active Learning on Students in Grades 3-8 during GK-12 Outreach Program Administered Family STEM Nights Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. https://peer.asee.org/17527
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