Salt Lake City, Utah
June 23, 2018
June 23, 2018
July 27, 2018
Pre-College Engineering Education
Encouraging Efficacy, Learning, Growth and Fun Through a One-Day Dive Into Engineering for Middle School Girls (Evaluation)
_________ is a summer program at the University of ___________ which has been offered since 2000. The program mission is to provide middle school girls with an engineering experience which allows them to experience the hidden field of engineering. In the 2017 offering, 92 sixth-grade and eighth-grade girls attended one of five single-day programs. Participants engaged in hands-on design challenges, inquiry lessons and social activities in the university engineering labs and MakerSpace. Learning objectives included goals for hands-on learning, peer communication and collaboration and explicit connections to how engineering is a field in which people directly impact the lives of others, elements which have been identified as needed for the demographic (Goldnick and Chinn 2013; Hubelbank 2007).
Research questions for the program are 1. To what extent does a one-day program impact short term interest and knowledge of engineering and related STEAM careers? 2. How effective is this one-day, out-of-school engineering program at matching lessons to learning goals? And 3. What differences are evident in sixth and eighth grade students in terms of success, interest in activities and problem solving approaches?
Assessments included pre-program and post-program surveys in which students answered Likert-scale based questions and short answer questions about their attitudes, interests, and knowledge of STEAM careers. Analysis of qualitative short-answer questions correlated students’ interests and aspirations with program elements. Engaging in interviews allowed for another dimension of understanding and evaluation of program objectives. Evidence was found that students met learning objectives as they gained new content knowledge and skills in engineering. They also discovered that the program broadened students’ perceptions and definition of engineering. This paper discusses the program’s activities and provides an in-depth evaluation of data in order to understand the program’s impact in student learning and attitudes associated with STEAM careers.
References Gollnick, D.M., & Chinn, P.C. (2013). Multicultural education in a pluralistic society (9th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education, Inc. Hubelbank, J., et. al (2007). Long-term effects of a middle school engineering outreach program for girls: a controlled study, ASEE Annual Conference, Honolulu, Hawaii, June 2007.
Laleman, J., & Thomas, A., & Besser, D. (2018, June), Encouraging Exploration, Creativity, and Joy through Compressed Engineering Immersion (Evaluation) Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. https://peer.asee.org/30372
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