A Tool for Evaluating Youth Engagement in an Informal STEM Setting: The WGG Observation Protocol
Abstract: This paper discusses findings from the use of the Wise Guys and Gals (WGG) Observation of WGG Youth Protocol in a blended learning environment. The protocol was used to assess youth engagement when completing blended engineering design challenges at two Boys and Girls Clubs. WGG is a project funded through a grant from the National Science Foundation and which brings blended learning design challenges to middle school aged learners in informal STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) settings. This paper explores the feasibility of using the observation protocol to collect data about youth engagement, and the potential use of the protocol in other informal STEM settings.
Presider: Eloho Ifinedo, University of Jyvaskyla