Share Paper: Outcomes from Technology Enhanced Informal Learning Activities to Increase Middle School Students’ Interest in STEM

  1. Rhonda Christensen, University of North Texas, United States
  2. Gerald Knezek, University of North Texas, United States
  3. Samson den Lepcha, University of North Texas, United States
  4. Destiny Dong, University of North Texas, United States
  5. Samuel Liu, University of North Texas, United States
  6. Karen Wang, University of North Texas, United States
  7. Andrew Wu, University of North Texas, United States
  8. Huram-Abi Yotchoum Nzia, University of North Texas, United States
Friday, June 29 11:15-11:45 AM Jordaan 2

Abstract: Seventh grade students participating in a four-hour hands-on technology enriched space science camp showed significant gains in their understanding of topics related to space science topics. Topics related to Apollo moon missions and the Parker Solar Probe mission were taught through innovative technology experiences such as augmented reality, virtual reality, 3D printing and robotics. Analysis of pre-post data revealed that space camp participants exhibited significant (p < .05) gains in content knowledge of space science topics related to landing men on the moon and sending a satellite probe to the sun while students also retained a high level of solar ...