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Abstract Title: Assessing interest, self-efficacy, and relevance in an afterschool Making program
Abstract: Research-based design principles were used to develop and implement an afterschool Making program for middle school students with the overall goal of broadening participation in STEM. Specific objectives include increasing participants' interest and self-efficacy related to Making and STEM, as well as their perception of the relevance of STEM/Making in everyday life. In the program, called Mobile Making, teams of highly qualified and ethnically diverse undergraduate science and math majors lead weekly sessions that engage middle school-aged participants in Making. The program operates at 12 middle schools with large Hispanic/Latino populations. Observations, focus groups, and surveys documented increases in the participants' interest and self-efficacy related to Making and STEM, as well as their perception of the relevance of STEM/Making in everyday life. The program implementation, evaluation strategy, and outcomes will be described, with implications for others seeking to broaden participation in Making and STEM through informal education experiences.
Abstract Type: Symposium Poster
Parallel Session: Wonderful Ideas Deserve Wonderful Research: Techniques for Studying Informal Physics Programs
Session Time: Parallel Sessions Cluster III

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Ed Price
Cal State San Marcos