June 26, 2011
June 26, 2011
June 29, 2011
Minorities in Engineering
22.539.1 - 22.539.17
Effectiveness of Team-Based STEM Project Learning to Recruit Minority High School Students to STEMAbstractMany high school students have the opportunity to participate in team-based, collaborativeSTEM projects during the regular school day or as extracurricular activities. These types ofprojects have the potential to motivate and help prepare students to pursue post-secondary STEMstudy but there is a lack of data to establish what aspects of this type of project work are key inrecruiting students to STEM studies in college. This paper examines a program that supports K-12 teachers who advise teams of high school students in long-term team-based STEM projects(TBSP). The program is now in year three of a five-year pilot and has grown to sixteen teams inthree states and two countries, this after starting with an initial cadre of three Michigan schools.The latter years of the program, and the study itself, is supported by a grant from the NationalScience Foundation. The program relies on partnerships between academia, industry, and thecommunities where the teams exist. Assessment of the program includes attitude and skillsurveys of teachers and students, examination of teacher education methodology, site visits to theteam locations, and other observational reporting. Initial evaluation results reveal aspects ofTBSP learning that may be important in persuading young students to pursue college educationin STEM and go on to STEM careers. This program has implications for studentsunderrepresented in STEM as the team projects include minorities and women in significantlygreater proportions than exist in STEM higher education. For example, in 2009-10 there were atotal of about 200 student participants spread among 12 teams. Of these, 37% were female and41% were minority. These participation rates are between two and four times that of highereducation STEM programs. Mid-program results from external evaluation will be summarized.Recommendations for adaptation by other schools and program scale-up will be discussed.
Kampe, J., & Oppliger, D. E. (2011, June), Effectiveness of Team-Based STEM Project Learning to Recruit Minority High School Students to STEM Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--17820
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