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Gupta, Anju; Hill, Nicole; Valenzuela, Patricia; Johnson, Eric – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2017
Recruiting students in STEM majors to fill the gap in STEM workforce is a continued challenge, which can be addressed by introducing scientific principles through hand-on activities to the students at an early stage. This paper presents the design, implementation and assessment of a chemistry-related workshop for sixth grade students that were…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Science Instruction, Grade 6, Scientific Concepts
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Brown, Patrick L.; Concannon, James P.; Marx, Donna; Donaldson, Christopher W.; Black, Alicia – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2016
The purpose of this teacher research study is to ascertain students' interest in STEM and beliefs about STEM before and after STEM specific instruction, explore possible differences in STEM self-efficacy by gender, and explore differences in STEM self-efficacy by group role. Our primary data sources include a modified attitudinal survey and…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Self Efficacy, STEM Education, Student Attitudes
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Knezek, Gerald; Christensen, Rhonda; Tyler-Wood, Tandra; Gibson, David – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2015
Data gathered from 325 middle school students in four U.S. states indicate that both male (p < 0.0005, RSQ = 0.33) and female (p < 0.0005, RSQ = 0.36) career aspirations for "being a scientist" are predictable based on knowledge of dispositions toward mathematics, science and engineering, plus self-reported creative tendencies. For…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Gender Differences, STEM Education, Occupational Aspiration
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Guzey, Siddika Selcen; Nyachwaya, James; Moore, Tamara J.; Roehrig, Gillian H. – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2014
A wind energy focused curriculum for grades 4-8 was designed and implemented to promote the understanding of wind energy concepts with American Indian students. 57 students who participated in the 2009 summer program of the "Reach for the Sky" (RFTS) Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) received the curriculum. The…
Descriptors: Energy Conservation, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6
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Chung, C. J. ChanJin; Cartwright, Christopher; Cole, Matthew – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2014
Robotics competitions for K-12 students are popular, but are students really learning and improving their STEM scores through robotics competitions? If not, why not? If they are, how much more effective is learning through competitions than traditional classes? Is there room for improvement? What is the best robotics competition model to maximize…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Robotics, Competition, Teaching Methods