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June 22, 2020
June 22, 2020
June 26, 2021
Pre-College Engineering Education
Current and emerging research sites the need for early and sustained engagement in science and engineering learning to attract young learners to STEM careers. The STEM workforce size and demographics is a national concern in the U.S. and federal funding agencies such as NSF, NIH and the Department of Education have been focusing on solving this national problem. Attracting more underrepresented students to STEM fields has been recognized as a crucial to address the current and expanding needs of our national STEM workforce.
Field trips are one vehicle to introduce youth to STEM topics. If designed and utilized effectively, these experiences can be leveraged to encourage pre, during, and post engagement in STEM learning. XX University has designed and implemented an effective and successful model of one-day field trips to a university campus. The model focuses on elementary and early middle school students, accompanied by their teacher and addition volunteers. Once on campus, the learning experience is led by University staff and undergraduate students who gain valuable experience interacting with children, communicating science and engineering concepts in addition to serving as role models for program participants. The model continues to evolve to maximize the impact of these one-day STEM experiences on all stakeholders.
This paper will discuss the essential elements of one-day STEM field trips; the logistics, the daily program and schedule, and the process from start to finish. The paper will address the following research Questions: 1. What are the essential elements of training and organizational support to develop and sustain a comprehensive STEM outreach program built upon a one-day STEM field trip? 2. What interaction and materials: pre-, during- and post-field trips will maximize the “reach/impact” of these experiences on all stakeholders? 3. How far reaching can a one day experience be on student participation and interest? Can we assess continued discussion/impact beyond the experience and classroom?
The paper will also share some of the current outcomes of the one-day field trip, as well as the analysis and visualization of these results.
Duggan, C., & Love, J. O., & Fuchs, N. L., & Chernich, E., & Fung, B. (2020, June), WIP: An Effective Model for Leveraging Field Trips to Broaden Participation in STEM Paper presented at 2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual On line . 10.18260/1-2--35523
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