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  1. Deborah Hecht
  2. Evaluator
  3. Presenter’s NSFRESOURCECENTERS
  4. The Graduate Center, CUNY
  1. Alison Brockhouse
  2. Research Associate
  3. Presenter’s NSFRESOURCECENTERS
  4. The Graduate Center, CUNY
  1. David Burghardt
  2. Principal Investigator
  3. Presenter’s NSFRESOURCECENTERS
  4. Hofstra University
  1. Milushka Elbulok-Charcape
  2. Research Associate
  3. Presenter’s NSFRESOURCECENTERS
  4. The Graduate Center, CUNY
  1. Kristin Sroka
  2. Research Associate
  3. Presenter’s NSFRESOURCECENTERS
  4. The Graduate Center, CUNY

WISEGuys and Gals

NSF Awards: 1422436

2019 (see original presentation & discussion)

Grades 6-8

Evaluation of our NSF Informal STEM project revealed numerous unique challenges that face educators working in the Informal STEM environment.  WISE Guys and Gals focused on engineering design thinking and worked with middle-school age youth at Boys and Girls Clubs.  We created engineering design challenges that were delivered by learning facilitators at the clubs.  However, these learning facilitator who often had limited STEM background knowledge, were rarely trained as an educator, and were often more focused on engaging youth than knowledge building.  They also rarely had a great deal of time to learn and prepare before delivering the activities.  Our solution was to create written guides accompanied by very brief but easy to create video supports.  These video guides used PowerPoint like designs to guide the learning facilitator through the activity design process.  They also provided targeted advice to address areas that the evaluation had found most challenged facilitators.   The videos were created by the project team with no film or video experience using I-pads and readily accessible video editing software.  Our evaluation showed the videos were usable, engaging and provided adequate support to allow club facilitators to successful deliver the activities.  Furthermore, the cost effective approach allowed us to develop additional videos to when new needs were identified.  Our video will highlight our work and include samples of the videos supports that we created. 

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