Share Paper: Creating Technology Enriched Activities to Enhance Middle School Students’ Interest in STEM

  1. Rhonda Christensen, Institute for the Integration of Technology into Teaching and Learning/University of North Texas, United States
  2. Gerald Knezek, Uni, United States
  3. Frederick Hobbs, Institute for the Integration of Technology into Teaching and Learning, United States
  4. Jenna Kelley, Institute for the Integration of Technology into Teaching and Learning, United States
  5. Samson Den Lepcha, University of North Texas, United States
  6. Destiny Dong, University of North Texas, United States
  7. Samuel Liu, University of North Texas, United States
  8. Karen Wang, University of North Texas, United States
  9. Huram-Abi Yotchoum Nzia, University of North Texas, United States
  10. Daniel Kelley, Hebron HS, Lewisville ISD, United States
Tuesday, June 25 5:15-5:45 PM Vondelpark

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 ...