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  • 1. K Changing the Perception of STEM Careers for Diverse Middle School Students
  • 2. K A Partnership between UCF and Workforce Central Florida
  • 3. K Participating Central Florida Public School Districts • Lake County • Orange County • Osceola County • Seminole County • Sumter District
  • 4. K Expose underrepresented student populations to STEM careers. Make a “real life” connection for students to mathematics and science courses. Give students a condensed college life experience.
  • 5. K Student Participants Targeted Population: • Under-represented minorities and females Resulting Groups: • 5 Heterogeneous Camps (male & female) • 2 Homogenous Camps (one all male, one all female)
  • 6. S What does the literature say? United States as a STEM super power (McNeill et al., 2008) National Focus (Blickenstaff, 2005; Griffith, 2010; Museus et al., 2011; Price, 2010) Underrepresentation of minorities (Museus et al., 2011)
  • 7. S DATA
  • 8. S Methodology A Qualitative Study Pre Test • Survey • Interviews • Interventio STEM CAMP n • Survey • Interview Post Test s
  • 9. S Interview Questions Pre Test • What is S.T.E.M.? • What do you think of when you think of Science? • What jobs come to mind when you think of Science? • What do you think of when you think of Technology? • What jobs come to mind when you think of Technology? • What do you think of when you think of Engineering? • What jobs come to mind when you think of Engineering? • What do you think of when you think of Math? • What jobs come to mind when you think of Math? • Of the jobs that you previously mentioned, do you see yourself obtaining a position in one of those fields? Why or why not? • How is STEM useful in our country (the United States) at this time? • How is STEM useful to you in your daily activities? • What do you expect to learn from this summer experience?
  • 10. S Interview Questions Post Test • What is S.T.E.M.? • What do you think of when you think of Science? • What jobs come to mind when you think of Science? • What do you think of when you think of Technology? • What jobs come to mind when you think of Technology? • What do you think of when you think of Engineering? • What jobs come to mind when you think of Engineering? • What do you think of when you think of Math? • What jobs come to mind when you think of Math? • Of the jobs that you previously mentioned, do you see yourself obtaining a position in one of those fields? Why or why not? • How is STEM useful in our country (the United States) at this time? • How is STEM useful to you in your daily activities? • What did you learn about STEM from this experience? • How has this camp changed how you feel about STEM?
  • 11. S Outcomes Effects on Participants #1 More students interested in STEM Foundational knowledge was increased after camp #2 Increase in understanding of the usefulness of STEM #3 Students began considering STEM careers #4 #5 Camps resulted in a change in perceptions
  • 12. B UCF & Industry Partners
  • 13. B On Campus Activities Bridge Building Simulated Classroom Rocket Building/Launch
  • 14. B More On Campus Activities Engineering structures with playing cards Training Simulators
  • 15. B Architecture & Design • Hands on Learning • Collaborative Problem Solving • Real World Issues
  • 16. B Problem Solving Egg Drop Activity
  • 17. B Planning for STEM Camp Thinking Outside of the Box  Target a population of students – pick a school or several  Budget keeping costs down  On campus partners  Meals  Transportation  Utilize existing university industry partnerships  Determine length of camp (our plan 4 days)  Enhance the college experience  Highlight the college residential experience  Include engaging hands on STEM activities
  • 18. B  What are you going to do to create a STEM experience at your school?  Will your preservice teacher be comfortable with STEM content? Contact information is located on Wikispaces: http://experiencestem.wikispaces.com/