Asee peer logo

Using Cyber Discovery to Assess Change in Student STEM-related Attitudes

Download Paper |


2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


San Antonio, Texas

Publication Date

June 10, 2012

Start Date

June 10, 2012

End Date

June 13, 2012



Conference Session

Assessment and Evaluation of K-12 Engineering Programs

Tagged Division

K-12 & Pre-College Engineering

Page Count


Page Numbers

25.1424.1 - 25.1424.10



Permanent URL

Download Count


Request a correction

Paper Authors

author page

Heath Tims Louisiana Tech University

author page

Galen E. Turner III Louisiana Tech University


Eric Deemer Ph.D. Louisiana Tech University

visit author page

Eric Deemer is an Assistant Professor in the Psychology Department at Louisiana Tech University. His research interests include achievement motivation and vocational psychology, particularly as they relate to pursuit of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers.

visit author page

author page

Krystal S. Corbett Louisiana Tech University

Download Paper |


Using Cyber Discovery to Assess Change in Student STEM- Related AttitudesAbstractComputer science has been identified by the National Science Foundation (2010) as a science,technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) discipline in which there has been a shortageof students and workers. Identifying ways to increase interest in computing careers has thusbecome increasingly important in light of the rapid evolution and use of cyber technology insociety, as well as growing threats to cyber security in both personal and public domains.To address this issue, mathematics, science, engineering, and liberal arts faculty members at____________University developed an intervention program, called “Cyber Discovery”, that isdesigned to expose high school students and their teachers to both the technical applications andsocial implications of cyber-related activities. This integrated approach to teaching strives toeducate new scholars who understand not only the science, technology, engineering, andmathematics (STEM) but also the political, social, historical, ethical, and legal aspects of thisevolving discipline.Results of the project will be included, as well as activities developed such as: historical/policyessay competitions, cryptographic treasure hunt, and robotic challenges. Additionally, the paperwill report on the efficacy of this program in stimulating interest in cyber careers. Accordingly,data will be presented related to students’ perceived value of STEM, as well as Holland’sInvestigative career interest type and science self-efficacy.

Tims, H., & Turner, G. E., & Deemer, E., & Corbett, K. S. (2012, June), Using Cyber Discovery to Assess Change in Student STEM-related Attitudes Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--22181

ASEE holds the copyright on this document. It may be read by the public free of charge. Authors may archive their work on personal websites or in institutional repositories with the following citation: © 2012 American Society for Engineering Education. Other scholars may excerpt or quote from these materials with the same citation. When excerpting or quoting from Conference Proceedings, authors should, in addition to noting the ASEE copyright, list all the original authors and their institutions and name the host city of the conference. - Last updated April 1, 2015