Science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education: A longitudinal examination of secondary school intervention

Sandra B Nite, James Morgan, Mary M Capraro, Robert M Capraro, Cheryl Ann Peterson

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Abstract

Learning experiences in informal Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) educational settings, such as camps, provide significant benefits for secondary students such as awareness of STEM subjects and careers along with increasing enthusiasm, selfefficacy, and content knowledge. To expand the number of students majoring in STEM subjects and entering careers in STEM fields, a two-week summer STEM camp for secondary students (N=31) was held at a Research I University. This qualitative case study followed students through matriculation into a postsecondary STEM major. Camp participants were interviewed to address the following research questions: 1) How did the camp fulfill its purpose and intended student outcomes? 2) Were the purpose and intended outcomes reflected in student perceptions? 3) Did the camp experience influence a student’s decision to attend the hosting university as well as choice of major? This camp fulfilled its purpose and encouraged students to attend the host university and major in a STEM field. The anticipated cognitive and social outcomes were reflected in the student’s experiences at camp. Informal learning environments, such as the one described in this study, can result in increased achievement, self-efficacy, and interest in STEM along with encouraging students to pursue STEM careers.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFIE 2014
Subtitle of host publicationOpening Doors to Innovation and Internationalization in Engineering Education
PublisherIEEE, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Pages1382-1388
Number of pages7
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Event44th Annual Frontiers in Education Conference: FIE 2014 - Melia Castilla Hotel & Convention Center, Madrid, Spain
Duration: 22 Oct 201425 Oct 2014
https://web.archive.org/web/20140618094453/http://fie2014.org/ (Conference website)
https://ieeexplore.ieee.org/xpl/mostRecentIssue.jsp?punumber=7017968 (Conference proceedings)

Conference

Conference44th Annual Frontiers in Education Conference
Abbreviated titleOpening Doors to Innovation and Internationalization in Engineering Education
CountrySpain
CityMadrid
Period22/10/1425/10/14
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    Nite, S. B., Morgan, J., Capraro, M. M., Capraro, R. M., & Peterson, C. A. (2014). Science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education: A longitudinal examination of secondary school intervention. In FIE 2014: Opening Doors to Innovation and Internationalization in Engineering Education (pp. 1382-1388). IEEE, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/stamp/stamp.jsp?tp=&arnumber=7044214&tag=1