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Non-Academic Interventions in STEM Training

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2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


San Antonio, Texas

Publication Date

June 10, 2012

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June 10, 2012

End Date

June 13, 2012



Conference Session

NSF Grantees' Poster Session

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NSF Grantees Poster Session

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25.978.1 - 25.978.9



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Giti Javidi Virginia State University

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Giti Javidi serves as an Associate Professor of computer science at Virginia State University. her research interests are in the areas of computer science education, scientific visualization, and video game design.

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Ehsan O. Sheybani Virginia State University

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Ehsan O. Sheybani holds a Ph.D., M.S., and B.S. in EE from USF, FSU, and UF. Currently an Associate Professor at VSU. Research interests are in communications and signal processing. Funded and published numerous times.

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Non-Academic Interventions in STEM TrainingAbstractThe proposed study is designed to implement and test the efficacy of an intervention developed as part ofan NSF-funded project by the team of investigators at XXXXXXXXXXXXXX. This interventiondevelops the underlying thinking skills in students necessary for success in STEM courses and careers.Rather than relying only on classroom content and high-level thinking skills, this intervention also includesa classroom component involving an innovative video game programming curriculum developed by theinvestigators. The impact of this intervention will be assessed at a critical developmental period: the entryinto high school (9th grade). Over the three-year period of the project, the groups of participants have beenassessed on a number of different variables to develop a model of how these variables impact the cognitiveinterventions. These variables have all been implicated in lowered academic performance, and theinformation provided by the model will allow the development of future non-academic interventionsassociated with these variables to enhance the impact of cognitive training.

Javidi, G., & Sheybani, E. O. (2012, June), Non-Academic Interventions in STEM Training Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--21735

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