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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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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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Phelan, Julia; Ing, Marsha; Nylund-Gibson, Karen; Brown, Richard S. – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2017
This study extends current research by organizing information about students' expectancy-value achievement motivation, in a way that helps parents and teachers identify specific entry points to encourage and support students' science aspirations. This study uses latent class analysis to describe underlying differences in ability beliefs, task…
Descriptors: Self Concept, Science Instruction, Middle School Students, Multivariate Analysis
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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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Dika, Sandra L.; Alvarez, Jaquelina; Santos, Jeannette; Suárez, Oscar Marcelo – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2016
Interest in engineering at early stages of the educational career is one important precursor to choosing to study engineering in college, and engineering-related clubs are designed to foster such interest and diversify the engineering pipeline. In this study, the researchers employed a social cognitive career theory framework to examine level of…
Descriptors: Social Cognition, Engineering Education, Vocational Interests, Expectation
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Dubriwny, Nicholas; Pritchett, Nathan; Hardesty, Michelle; Hellman, Chan M. – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2016
Student self-confidence is important to any attempt to increase interest and achievement in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education. This study presents a longitudinal examination of Fab Lab Tulsa's impact on attitude and self-efficacy toward STEM education among middle-school aged students. Paired samples t-test showed a…
Descriptors: Self Efficacy, STEM Education, Correlation, Scientific 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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Ernst, Jeremy Vaughn; Glennie, Elizabeth J. – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2015
This performance assessment pilot study was a major research component of the overall National Science Foundation funded Redesigned High Schools for Transformed STEM Learning Project. Secondary Earth/Environmental Science students' abilities to translate cognitive knowledge into demonstrable performance-based proficiencies were specifically…
Descriptors: STEM Education, High Schools, School Restructuring, Performance Based Assessment
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Bowen, Bradley; DeLuca, William – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2015
Many engineering and technology education classrooms incorporate simulation modeling as part of curricula to teach engineering and STEM-based concepts. The traditional method of the learning process has students first learn the content from the classroom teacher and then may have the opportunity to apply the learned content through simulation…
Descriptors: Sequential Approach, Conventional Instruction, Teaching Methods, Intermode Differences
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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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Naizer, Gilbert; Hawthorne, Melissa J.; Henley, Tracy B. – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2014
Middle School students from rural school districts participated in a Summer STEM program with academic year follow-up requirements. Both males and females showed increased interest and confidence regarding math science, technology, and problem-solving. Furthermore, these gains continued beyond the immediate impact of Summer program participation…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Gender Differences, Middle School Students, Student Attitudes
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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
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Yuen, Timothy T.; Boecking, Melanie; Stone, Jennifer; Tiger, Erin Price; Gomez, Alvaro; Guillen, Adrienne; Arreguin, Analisa – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2014
Robotics provide the opportunity for students to bring their individual interests, perspectives and areas of expertise together in order to work collaboratively on real-world science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) problems. This paper examines the nature of collaboration that manifests in groups of elementary and middle school…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Engineering Education, Robotics, Middle School Students
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Lam, Paul C.; Doverspike, Dennis; Zhao, Julie; Zhe, John; Menzemer, Craig – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2008
A year long Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) program was developed for middle schools students on Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) involving learning disabilities. The workshops were designed to encourage students both on IEPs and not on IEPs to explore STEM as a future career choice by building their knowledge and…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Middle School Students, Individualized Education Programs, Learning Disabilities
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Diefes-Dux, Heidi A.; Hjalmarson, Margret; Zawojewski, Judith S.; Bowman, Keith – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2006
Model-eliciting activities (MEA), specially designed client-drive, open-ended problems, have been implemented in a first-year engineering course and in secondary schools. The educational goals and settings are different, but the design of an MEA enables it to be versatile. This paper will introduce the reader to the principles that guide MEA…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Scientific Principles, Engineering Education, College Students
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