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Stem

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Stem

  1. 1. Changing the Perception of STEM Careers for Diverse Middle School Students K
  2. 2. K
  3. 3. A Partnership between UCF and Workforce Central Florida K
  4. 4. Participating Central Florida Public School Districts • Lake County • Orange County • Osceola County • Seminole County • Sumter District K
  5. 5. Student Participants • Under-represented minorities, females, low socio- economic, and students with disabilities Resulting Groups: • 5 Heterogeneous Camps (male & female) • 2 Homogenous Camps (one all male, one all female) Targeted Population: K
  6. 6. 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. K
  7. 7. 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) S
  8. 8. DATA S
  9. 9. A Qualitative Study Methodology Post Interview Pre Interview STEM CAMP • Survey • Interviews • Interventio n • Survey • Interview s S Data Analysis Methods
  10. 10. Interview Questions Pre Interview S • 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?
  11. 11. Interview Questions Post Interview S • 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?
  12. 12. UCF & Industry Partners B
  13. 13. On Campus Activities Bridge Building Simulated Classroom Rocket Building/Launch B
  14. 14. More On Campus Activities Training Simulators Engineering structures with playing cards B
  15. 15. • Hands on Learning • Collaborative Problem Solving • Real World Issues Architecture & Design B
  16. 16. Egg Drop Activity Problem Solving B
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  18. 18. Outcomes Effects on Participants More students interested in STEM Students began considering STEM careers Camps resulted in a change in perceptions #1 Foundational knowledge was increased after camp # 2 # 3 # 4 Increase in understanding of the usefulness of STEM # 5 S
  19. 19. Planning for STEM Camp Thinking Outside of the Box B  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
  20. 20.  What are you going to do to create a STEM experience at your school? Contact information is located on Wikispaces: http://experiencestem.wikispaces.com/ B  Will your preservice teacher be comfortable with STEM content?

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