Published on March 16, 2014
SITE 2014 Middle School STEAM Camp Perspectives and Attitudes Towards STEM Research Study
STEAM Presence ● Launched 1:1 K12 2010: TEA Connection Grant ● Offsite Curriculum Center 5 Community Museums
Students Celebrate Birthday of STEAM: Fall 2012 ● Researched Local Artifact in Museum ● Created a written and video narration (STORYTelling) ● Presented information from offsite curriculum center to international audience.
Students Celebrating STEAM 1-3 Grade ● Animoto ● VoiceThread ● PowerPoint ● QR Codes: Kaywa
After School STEM Programs ● After School Robotics Club: Fall 2012 ● Grades 4-8th Grade ● Mars Party ● Student Robotics Parent Showcase ● Brought in local and national assistance to highlight careers. ● Utilized Skype to connect with other robotic teams ● Participated in Robotic Contest Spring 2013
After School Summer NASA ISTE STEAM Camp ● Spring 2012 Participated in NASA/ISTE Educator, Created Curriculum Passed NASA Product Review and Piloted it in a STEAM Camp, MMS Challenge ● NASA Summit in April 2012 with students and experts to think about space weather. ● Houston students DISD “Art” Exchange April 2012 ● Traveling STEAM Space Art Show Kicked off Summer 2012
STEAM Camps Year One: Purpose of Mission, Topics Surrounding Space Weather, MMS Challenge Year Two: Green Energy, Space Weather, Green City Challenge Space Lounge Museum Exhibit For Community
Research Questions • How do attitudes towards engineering, science, math, technology, and STEM careers differ among genders in grades 4-8th grade? • How do perceptions towards math, science, technology, engineering, and STEM careers differ among age levels in a rural environment? • STEM Semantic Survey Pre and PostTest
Participants • 48 students • 4th and 5th grade, 6th-8th grade • 33 males and 15 females
Cronbach’s Alpha All Items = .905
Findings Pre Post STEM Dispositions
STEM Dispositions by Gender 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Male PreTest Female PreTest Male PostTest Female PostTest Engineering Science
STEM Dispositions by Age • Only one STEM disposition was significantly correlated with age (p<.05). STEM disposition towards Science was correlated at r=. 256 (p<.04, 1 tailed). • By the posttest administration, for the boys (n=33) there was a positive association between age and dispositions towards science (r=.432, p=.03, 1 tailed). For the girls, (n=15), there was a slightly negative relationship between age and dispositions towards science (r = -.219, NS).
Discussion • Terminology and Vocabulary • Limited Participation Population – Need to repeat with larger participant pool • Career Guest Speakers: Positive Impact • Fabrication Printing Impact Engineering Dispositions • Student Reflection Showcase Impact • Rocket Activity Encourages Older Male Dispositions Towards Science
STEAM Camp 2012-2013 ● Application Procedure ● K12 Teachers (6 hour training) Joint PD ● Vocabulary Component: Utilizes Art, Movement to provide background knowledge. ● Scientific Thinking Exercises ● STEM Career Components: Skype and Local Experts ● MMS Challenge Component
Factors to Consider Rural Communities ● Farming is REAL to them. ● ELL Learners need artistic components to build to working memory. ● Aerospace and space topics connect to engineering. ART+AG+AEROSPACE =STEAM
NASA’s Multi-Scale Magnetosphere Challenge ● Journalist: Blogging: Written and Video Storytelling Why is this important to us?
NASA’s Multi-Scale Magnetosphere Challenge Scientist: Replicated an experiment relative to the mission.
NASA’s Multi-Scale Magnetosphere Challenge: Artist Technology is a CHOICE! All Art captured and shared electronically. Gimp, Spin Art, Magnetic Art.
NASA’s Multi-Scale Magnetosphere Challenge: Engineer Going GREEN Using Fabrication Printing
Creating a Windmill in FabLab William Kamkwamba
Fabrication Cutters Challenge One: Create a Windmill Challenge Two: Work with your team to create Green City. Recycled Trash and Fab Lab or Legos All Career Components Needed!
Fabrication Challenge Accepted http://www.aspexsoftware.com/fablab.htm
NASA MMS FabLab Challenge
Students Replicate MMS Spacecraft Fabrication 2D Cutters students replicated MMS spacecraft. Power of 2D: Spatial and Kinesthetic Learning! Folding paper is FUN!
Photos of Fabrication
Space Lounge Museum Exhibit Students Serve As Teachers!
Future of Dublin ISD Fabrication Selected by NASA to be a Fabrication School. Fall of 2013: Implementing a fabrication 3D printing program in CTE courses and 2D in most Math/Science classrooms. Summer 2014 STEAM Camp Planned
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