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WIP: An Effective Model for Leveraging Field Trips to Broaden Participation in STEM

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June 22, 2020

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June 22, 2020

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June 26, 2021

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Pre-college Engineering Education Division Technical Session 6

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Claire Duggan Northeastern University Orcid 16x16

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Claire Duggan has a B.S. in political science from the University of Massachusetts and a M.P.A. in public administration from Northeastern University. She was appointed 2003-present Director for Programs and Operations, the Center for STEM Northeastern University; 1989-2003 Associate Director, CESAME/The Center for the Enhancement of Science and Mathematics Education, Northeastern University, and K-12 Outreach Coordinator, CenSSIS/ALERT, Northeastern University; and 1981-1989 Associate Director for Finance and Administration, Center for Electromagnetics Research (CER), Northeastern University. Publications/Papers: Reenergizing and Reengaging Students Interest through CAPSULE; A Novel and Evolutionary Method on Educating Teachers to Promote STEM Careers Jessica Chin, Abe Zeid, Claire Duggan, Sagar Kamarthi (IEEE ISEC 2011); and “Implementing the Capstone Experience Concept for Teacher Professional Development” Jessica Chin, Abe Zeid, Claire Duggan, Sagar Kamarthi (ASEE 2011). Relevant Presentations:
“K-12 Partnerships” (Department of Homeland Security/Centers of Excellence Annual Meeting 2009); “Building and Sustaining K-12 Educational Partnerships” (NSF ERC 2007 - 2010 National Meetings); “Research Experience for Teachers: Integrating Research Skills into the classroom” (UNH 2nd Annual Nanotechnology Conference for Teachers April 2006); and “Educational Outreach Programs” (2005 MA STEM Summit). She was Co-principal Investigator/Program Director, Research Experience for Teachers (RET), development and implementation of the Research Experience for Teachers site at Northeastern University; Executive Director/Founder, Young Scholars Program, development and implementation of the Young Scholars Program, a summer research program for high school students; Co-executive Director, Exxon Mobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp, development and implementation of a residential camp for middle school students; Liaison, StepUP Imitative, coordinate Northeastern University’s involvement with the StepUP initiative, a partnership effort between five universities and eleven Boston Public Schools; Project Director, IMPACT New England: A Regional Curriculum Implementation Effort, coordinated program development and implementation; Seminar Leader, Northeastern University School of Education, facilitated a group of students participating in the Introduction to Education course; Project Support Liaison, Teacher Innovation program, provided support to teachers/schools in the development and implementation of Teacher Innovation Programs (TIP), provided technical assistance to teachers through the proposal process, conducted proposal-writing workshops; Co-facilitator (2004), Boston East Pipeline Network; and Alumni, Lead Boston 2004 (The National Conference for Community and Justice). She won the 2006 Northeastern University Aspiration Award, and was recognized at the 2003 Northeastern University Reception honoring Principal Investigators that obtained funding in excess of $1 million over a five-year period.

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Jennifer Ocif Love Northeastern University

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Jennifer Love is a full-time faculty member of Northeastern University's First Year Engineering Program in the College of Engineering. She is currently working toward a doctorate in education at Northeastern University with her research focusing on preK-20 engineering education.

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Nicolas Leo Fuchs Northeastern University

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Nicolas Fuchs currently is the Program Implementation Coordinator for the Center for STEM Education (CfSE) at Northeastern, coordinating existing and creating new outreach programs and efforts that expose K-12 students to STEM and Northeastern students to STEM outreach. He has extensive teaching experience; he is currently finishing his Master of Arts in Teaching degree (2020) and in his current role at CfSE, he teaches STEM activities to K-8 students at local schools, public libraries, and at Northeastern. In addition, he has taught robotics, physics, and fourth grade general education.

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Brittany Fung Northeastern University

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I am a student at Northeastern University pursuing a doctorate degree in Physical Therapy. I have been working with the Center for STEM Education as a part-time staff member since September 2015. I have been a part of the field trip program since then and I have seen it grow tremendously in the past few years.

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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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