Creating Technology Enriched Activities to Enhance Middle School Students’ Interest in STEM
Abstract: Sixth grade students participating in a four-hour hands-on technology enriched space science camp acquired more positive dispositions toward space science. Topics related to the Parker Solar Probe mission, the Apollo 11 moon mission and Mars spacecraft were taught through innovative technology experiences such as augmented reality, virtual reality, 3D printing, robotics and drones. Analysis of pre-post data revealed that space science camp participants exhibited significant gains in their dispositions toward space science. Females gained significantly in their content knowledge while males gained significantly in their interest in space science. Implications of these findings for expectations regarding potential contributions of informal learning to formal science concepts are discussed.
Presider: Sarah Prestridge, Griffith University