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Closing The Assessment Feedback Loop: The Use Of A Qualitative Evaluation Process From The Joint Hybrid Electric Vehicle/Nsf Penn State Science Education Project

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2005 Annual Conference


Portland, Oregon

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June 12, 2005

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June 12, 2005

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June 15, 2005



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College Engineering K-12 Outreach III

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10.310.1 - 10.310.14



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William Carlsen

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Robin Tallon

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Phil Henning

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Nicola Ferralis

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Leanne Avery

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Daniel Haworth

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Elana Chapman

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2005-1410 Closing the Assessment Feedback Loop: The Use of A Qualitative Evaluation Process from the Joint Hybrid-Electric Vehicle/NSF-Penn State Science Education Project

Elana Chapman /Pennsylvania State University, Nicola Ferralis /Pennsylvania State University, Robin Tallon /Pennsylvania State University, Leanne Avery /Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Phil Henning /The Henning Group, LLC., William Carlsen /Pennsylvania State University, Daniel Haworth /Pennsylvania State University


Penn State University has hosted a NSF sponsored GK-12 Outreach project for the past five years, and has just begun the second phase of the project. The Penn State project utilizes the talents of many science and engineering graduate students as teachers, mentors and role models for the K-12 classrooms. The project focuses on developing skills of students in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics through the use of Advanced Transportation Technologies. The GK-12 students are invited to participate in research in various ways in support of Advanced Transportation Technology such as undergraduate/graduate student competitions like Future Truck and Challenge X. The quantitative assessment planned at the onset of the project proved inadequate. Therefore, as the project progressed, a more qualitative approach was used to gather information about the attitudes of students with regard to science. As the project progressed, qualitative assessment was used to gather feedback from GK-12 teachers and students as to the value of the efforts, and served as a supportive feedback mechanism to the graduate students. This paper will review the assessment tools used in this project, and will present the data collected for the phase I and phase II of the project.


The Penn State GK-12 National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) outreach project to middle and high schools in northeast and central Pennsylvania has unfolded in two phases. The first phase, M3 (Motivation, Mentoring, and Manipulatives) Hybrid-Electric Vehicle Educational Highway, was funded for four years. The ongoing second phase is commonly referred to as the NSF GREATT project, whose full title is, Track 2, NSF GK-12: Graduate Research and

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Carlsen, W., & Tallon, R., & Henning, P., & Ferralis, N., & Avery, L., & Haworth, D., & Chapman, E. (2005, June), Closing The Assessment Feedback Loop: The Use Of A Qualitative Evaluation Process From The Joint Hybrid Electric Vehicle/Nsf Penn State Science Education Project Paper presented at 2005 Annual Conference, Portland, Oregon. 10.18260/1-2--14411

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