Connecting Out-of-School-Time (OST) Activities and STEM Identity

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Tuesday, April 27, 2021 - 11:00am
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Join NGCP and The Center for Astrophysics | Harvard & Smithsonian (CfA) as Susan Sunbury Ed.D. and Chen Chen Ed.D. share the results of a study focused on STEM identity development in Out-of-
chool Time (OST) programming. 

A student who develops a STEM identity – one who can see themselves as a STEM person, is more likely to pursue a STEM career. OST programs can play an important role in shaping identity, especially for girls and young women. Which specific types and characteristics of OST activities actually increase students’ STEM identity?  

The Center for Astrophysics | Harvard & Smithsonian (CfA) surveyed over 15,000 college students in introductory college English classes nationally - a mixture of students in STEM and non-STEM majors, to identify factors that have strengthened their STEM identity. Students were asked about their experiences in a variety of precollege STEM structured activities including afterschool clubs, summer camps, and competitions, and unstructured activities like baking, stargazing and creating online content, as well as opportunities within programs such as interacting with mentors, taking on a leadership role and participating in hands on activities.  

Join us on April 27th to find out which types of programs and which attributes of these programs are the most successful in increasing students’ STEM identity. Presenters will share a high-level overview of the findings, provide tips for how to interpret and use the data, and share some interesting and surprising findings. 


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