1. Nancy Taylor
  2. http://thestoryexchange.org/nancy-taylor-san-diego-science-alliance/
  3. Principal Investigator
  5. SDSU Research Foundation, San Diego Science Alliance
  1. Robin Kendall
  2. Admin Support Coord/Marketing Manager
  4. SDSU Research Foundation, San Diego Science Alliance

Exploring STEM Careers Initiative

NSF Awards: 1139689

2015 (see original presentation & discussion)

Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12

How do we integrate engineering into opportunities for middle and high school students and their teachers? In San Diego County, an ambitious plan has significant results in motivating students and preparing teachers while diving into engineering challenges. Reaching 52 schools across 11 districts Exploring STEM Careers Initiative is researching student motivation in STEM and change in practice among 100 teachers and 1400 students. Through professional learning and working with students in extended learning time Botball robotics, SeaPerch ROV and KidWind turbine teams formed and experienced the trials and errors of the engineering design cycle. STEM mentors visit afterschool team practices, participate with teachers in professional learning and support student exhibitions and competitions. Informal learning centers in the community provide real-world context and the excitement of purposeful learning during an engineering challenge.

In San Diego County we are paving the way for the next generation of innovators and engineers by doing our part to bring innovation and collaboration to positively impact STEM education. Technology is becoming an essential component of more careers than ever before, and students need to be exposed to it early on, and attain some level of proficiency with technology—because it truly is a foundational 21st century skill.

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