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Sanchez, Jafeth E.; Usinger, Janet – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2019
This article presents a program evaluation of a six-week middle school pilot program focused on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) enrichment using robotics, specifically VEX Robots™. Two key questions guided this evaluation: (a) Does exposure to robotics influence middle school dispositions about STEM and careers in STEM? and (b)…
Descriptors: Program Effectiveness, Robotics, Pilot Projects, Middle School Students
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Schilling, Malle; Pinnell, Margaret – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2019
In the present day, it is not uncommon for there to be a class full of engineering students with very few women among them. To combat this lack of gender diversity, colleges and universities have employed outreach programs and developed summer engagement opportunities that allow women to explore engineering before they graduate high school. The…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Gender Differences, Self Efficacy, Creativity
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Hill, Erin M.; Anderson, Laurie; Finley, Brandon; Hillyard, Cinnamon; Kochanski, Mark – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2019
What motivates and demotivates students in their engagement in at-home work for high-stakes assignments, such as test preparation and writing and revising papers? This paper outlines a student-centered method to identify learning strategies students actually use and obstacles students actually face compared to what is reported in the literature.…
Descriptors: Learning Processes, Undergraduate Students, Barriers, STEM Education
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Scott-Parker, B.; Barone-Nugent, E. – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2019
Global progress has arisen from scientific advances and we currently live in the age of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM); science as a way of increasing the knowledge base, technology as a means of manifesting the science, engineering as a way of building and creating with it, and mathematics to devise the language we use…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Females, Learner Engagement, High School Students