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Short- and long-term impacts of an informal STEM program
written by Michele W. McColgan, Robert J. Colesante, and Kenneth Robin
During the middle school years, interest in Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) falls off, especially among Black and Latinx students and women. In underserved districts, a small percentage of students graduate prepared for college and even less are prepared for undergraduate STEM coursework. Beginning in the 2009-10 academic year, we implemented an informal STEM program for upper elementary and middle school students from a nearby underserved district. Students chose from STEM offerings including hands-on engineering and computer technology courses, coding courses, and physics courses taught through hands-on activities and video games. We found that participants are similar in ethnicity, poverty, and residency, but outperform non-participants in a variety of New York State standardized measures of achievement while participating in the program and years after leaving. For example, program participants outperform non-participants in high school assessments in physics, chemistry, and math. They are also over-represented in advanced science classes, and in receiving diplomas with advanced designation - a key indicator of preparedness to pursue a STEM major in college.
Physics Education Research Conference 2018
Part of the PER Conference series
Washington, DC: August 1-2, 2018
Subjects Levels Resource Types
Education - Applied Research
- Informal Education
Education - Basic Research
- Achievement
- Assessment
= Longitudinal
- Sample Population
= Background: Economic
= Ethnicity or Race
= Gender
- Informal Education
- High School
- Lower Undergraduate
- Reference Material
= Research study
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M. McColgan, R. Colesante, and K. Robin, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2018, Washington, DC, 2018, WWW Document, (https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14824&DocID=4971).
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M. McColgan, R. Colesante, and K. Robin, Short- and long-term impacts of an informal STEM program, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2018, Washington, DC, 2018, <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14824&DocID=4971>.
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McColgan, M., Colesante, R., & Robin, K. (2018, August 1-2). Short- and long-term impacts of an informal STEM program. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2018, Washington, DC. Retrieved January 17, 2019, from https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14824&DocID=4971
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McColgan, M, R. Colesante, and K. Robin. "Short- and long-term impacts of an informal STEM program." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2018, Washington, DC, August 1-2, 2018. https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14824&DocID=4971 (accessed 17 January 2019).
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McColgan, Michele W., Robert J. Colesante, and Kenneth Robin. "Short- and long-term impacts of an informal STEM program." Physics Education Research Conference 2018. Washington, DC: 2018. of PER Conference. 17 Jan. 2019 <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14824&DocID=4971>.
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