1. Odesma Dalrymple
  2. https://www.sandiego.edu/engineering/faculty-and-staff/biography.php?profile_id=787
  3. Associate Professor
  5. University of San Diego
  1. Yaoran Li
  2. https://www.sandiego.edu/soles/about/directory/biography.php?profile_id=2017
  3. Managing Researcher
  5. University of San Diego
  1. Perla Myers
  2. https://www.sandiego.edu/directory/biography.php?profile_id=367
  3. Professor
  5. University of San Diego
  1. Vitaliy Popov
  2. Associate Director of Research
  4. University of San Diego
  1. Joi Spencer
  2. Associate Professor
  4. University of San Diego

Bridging the World of Work and Informal STEM Education

NSF Awards: 1713547

2019 (see original presentation & discussion)

Grades 6-8

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STEMWoW is a multilayered approach to STEM learning and workforce development in STEM fields, targeting Hispanic youth. The project explores youth STEM identity through three mechanisms: (1) an assessment of their individual interests, strengths, and values, (2) exposure to an array of viable STEM careers, and (3) engagement in rigorous hands-on STEM activities. The project centers on a youth summer STEM enrichment program and a series of follow-up booster sessions delivered during the academic year in informal contexts to promote family engagement. Paramount to this work is the core focus on San Diego’s Five Priority Workforce Sectors: Advanced Manufacturing, Information and Communications Technology, Clean Energy, Healthcare, and Biotech. Few, if any, existing projects in the Advancing Informal STEM learning portfolio have explored the potential connections between these five priority workforce sectors, informal STEM learning, and identity among predominately Hispanic youth and families engaged in a year-long, culturally responsive STEM learning and workforce focused program. If successful, the model could provide a template for the facilitation of similar efforts in the future.

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