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Abstract Title: Siena Saturday Scholars: How understanding students creates valued outcomes
Abstract: Out-of-school STEM experiences in elementary and middle school support student exploration during a time when STEM interest typically declines. Many factors are at play for students in underserved communities that may contribute to the decline. The design of our informal STEM program addresses factors to protect against this decline. Program climate and support, ever-changing class offerings, choice of classes, STEM role models, and long-term opportunities are all aspects of the program that we find to be important.  We distinguish and pursue narrative and propositional frameworks for evaluating the program. The former helps us understand students and aspects of their lives outside of the program that impact their interest and pursuit of stem classes. The later helps us examine whether the program has an impact on school outcomes of the students or to determine the characteristics of children who benefit most from the program.
Abstract Type: Symposium Poster
Parallel Session: Conceptual Design of Informal Physics Programs
Session Time: Parallel Sessions Cluster III
Room: Cascade C
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Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Michele McColgan
Siena College
Dept of Physics and Astronomy
Phone: 5185988943
and Co-Presenter(s)
Robert J. Colesante
Siena College
Education Department