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#LaHoraSTEAM (The STEAM Hour) – An Initiative to Promote STEM-STEAM Learning in Quarantine Times (Work in Progress)

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2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access


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July 26, 2021

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July 26, 2021

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July 19, 2022

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Pre-College Engineering Education Division Technical Session 13

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Marcelo Caplan Columbia College

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Marcelo Caplan - Associate Professor, Department of Science and Mathematics, Columbia College Chicago. In addition to my teaching responsibilities, I am involved in the outreach programs and activities of the department. I am the coordinator of three outreach programs 1) the NSF-ISE project “Scientists for Tomorrow” which goal is to promote Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) learning in community centers in the Chicago area, 2) the Junior Research Scientists program funded by After School Matters of the city of Chicago, to promote STEM for high school students and 3) a collaboration with the Center for College Access and Success – Northeastern University to promote STEM learning in their Upward Bound Math & Science program, also oriented for high school students. More information regarding the mentioned programs can be find at

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The pandemic produced by COVID-19 has forced a radical change in the strategies and methodologies used to share and transmit knowledge. With the schools / Universities' closure, the educational process changed radically from one day to the next. In particular, in several Latin-American countries, the quarantine conditions are extremally severe, limiting the movement of regular citizens and confining them to remain at home, only allowing them to get out for “essential ” activities.

STEM-STEAM education, based on collaborative work, inquiry, experimentation, problem-solving, and project generation, encounters many obstacles. Students and teachers do not have access to laboratories, materials, and other essential supplies to implement a quality educational process.

The present situation led to the formation of the group "Name of the Group." This team includes STEM-STEAM education professionals from several countries across the Americas.

The “Name of the Group” is a voluntary team working with any monetary support. The “Name of the Group” goal is to develop alternative ways to promote quality STEM-STEAM education reaching students, parents, and teachers directly at their home. One of the initiatives designed by the “Name of the Group” is #LaHoraSTEAM. This paper will present the initiative.

#LaHora STEAM is a public broadcast of one hour once a week – Saturdays to facilitate parents and children's interaction. Each broadcast, one team member, presents a “live” activity, generating interactivity with the audience. In parallel, other group members monitor the live chats to share the audience's participation and present their questions to the presenter and the rest of the team.

All the activities presented in the live broadcast are possible to build using materials accessible at home! Prospect participants receive the information (time, access link, list of materials) through the Municipality of "City – Country," web presence. Also, the “Name of the Group" allied with the Municipality of “City – Country," to manage the live broadcasting logistics.

After discussing the methodology implemented to produce #LaHoraSTEAM, data collected in the first 12 broadcasts will be presented, showing the impact of the initiative.

Caplan, M. (2021, July), #LaHoraSTEAM (The STEAM Hour) – An Initiative to Promote STEM-STEAM Learning in Quarantine Times (Work in Progress) Paper presented at 2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual Conference. 10.18260/1-2--36540

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