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Museums provide much-needed opportunities for creative thinking, exploration, and STEM identity development. This paper describes the pilot testing a two-year NSF project in which researchers from Boston University partnered with museums across the U.S. and internationally, to develop culturally-relevant, hands-on activities that are distributed to over 50 museums. The project goal is to help combat engineering pipeline challenges by providing K-12 students with activities to educate them about engineering so the students can see how their involvement in STEM careers could positively impact their communities. This paper focuses on the university-museum partnership model and its uniqueness in that all levels of the program implementation and evaluation involved direct input from the museum partners to ensure the educational kits are community-informed and socially-driven.
There are several goals associated with this project. For the purposes of this paper, we will focus on how this project model creates synergies within an interdisciplinary team of faculty, graduate students, and museum educators, to inform and assess culturally-relevant, hands-on, interactive activities focused on engineering broadly. Working closely with 10 museum partners and educators in Ontario, Portland, Los Angeles, Fort Lauderdale, Detroit, Miami, Ann Arbor, Boston and Buenos Aires, kits were tested, the feedback was collected, and evaluation results were used to continuously iterate on the kits to ensure they work well in diverse settings.
Freeman, S. V., & Rodegher, S. L. (2020, June), Improving the Engineering Pipeline through University and Community-developed Museum-based Educational Kits Paper presented at 2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual On line . 10.18260/1-2--34801
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