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Approximately, half of ____ high school graduates are female. Meanwhile according to ACT college readiness data, as low as 14% of the female high school graduates in _____ are college ready for STEM. Apparently, female students in _______ need assistance to become competent and confident in STEM disciplines.
Competition Of VEX Educational Robotics to Advance Girls Education (COVERAGE) is a project aiming to inspire and support female middle school and high school students to pursue STEM careers in _______, funded by the _____ Foundation. Specifically, in the fall semester of 2019 and spring semester of 2020 _____ will assist teachers to organize Girls Robotics Clubs in ______ County, ______ County, and ______ County, which prepare female middle school and high school students in these counties for a regional robotics competition. The regional robotics competition will be held on early 2020 at the _____ in Charleston, _______. It will be _____’s first girls-only VEX robotics world championship. Around 30 teams will participate in the competition. Judges will include faculty members of ______ as well as professionals from local companies/organizations. Winners of the regional robotics competition are anticipated to be highly competitive at the national VEX robotics competition (according to Guinness World Records, the VEX robotics world championship in April 2018 was the largest robotics competition in the world [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/VEX_Robotics_Competition]).
Through attending the robotics clubs and competition, female middle school and high school students are expected to become more knowledgeable and interested in STEM disciplines. The primary merit of this project is establishing mentorship relationship between female university students and female K-12 students. Specifically, 6 female undergraduate students of ____ with STEM majors will serve as the mentors of female middle school and high school students. The mentors started their university study recently; in other words, they are just a couple of years ahead of the female middle school and high school students. As a result, it would be natural for them to become the role models of middle school and high school students. The mentors will work closely with female middle school and high school students in the robotics clubs on monthly basis. The mentors will also help female middle school and high school students with their math and science coursework. In addition to monthly in-person meetings, virtual meetings will be held in which the mentors post videos online for middle school or high school students.
In this project we are analyzing if the utilization of robotics clubs, robotics competition and mentoring has impact in changing the female students interest in STEM. Through online survey, we are collecting data on female student’ confidence in the use of technology and its impact to stimulate their interest in STEM. Data indicated that female students demonstrated a statistically significant increase in confidence to (a) use technology and (b) improve learning. Implications, limitations, and future directions will also be discussed.
Naz, A., & Lu, M., & Broyles, C., & Barrio Sanchez, I. (2020, June), Competition Of VEX Educational Robotics to Advance Girls' Education (COVERAGE) Paper presented at 2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual On line . 10.18260/1-2--34315
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