Increasing Underrepresented High School Students’ STEM Career Awareness and Interest: An Informal Geospatial Science Program
Garrett C. Millar, Eric S. Money, Kyle S. Bunds, Helena Mitasova
Background & Motivation
- Importance of STEM interest and awareness
- Students begin losing interest in science as early as elementary school
- Can a more meaningful learning experience be given? How?
- Geospatial technologies (GSTs)
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Results & Conclusions
- Goal 1: Improving student competence in science
- Student project presentations: Average 3.39 (out of 4) on being able to explain background material
- Goal 2: Nurturing student enthusiasm for science
- 56% of participants indicated an increased interest in learning science.
- Goal 3: Interesting students in research or other science-related careers
- 80% of parents stated their child gained skills to use in a STEM career
- Increased use of geospatial technologies
- Time alloted for project activities
- Looking into the future