2011 Annual Science Report
Arizona State University Reporting | SEP 2010 – AUG 2011
EPO Activity: EPO Informal Education, Task 2: ASU STEM College for Kids Summer Camp
ASU STEM Summer College-for-Kids camp
The College-for-Kids program is part of the Modeling Institute, an NSF-sponsored consortium of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education programs across all the Arizona State University campuses. It’s goals are to create: 1) A Master of Natural Science (MNS) degree program Middle School STEM, 2) A middle school STEM Summer College-for-Kids program, and 3) STEM-net – Valley-wide network of STEM educators who gather regularly at ASU to learn, share and help one another grow professionally.
Astrobiology was part of the “To the Moon, Mars and Beyond” summer camp held at the R.S. Dietz Museum of Geology from June 20-July 1, 2011. 11 underserved, underrepresented middle school students attended the camp under the guidance of a certified teacher, Dawn Knappenberger (Figures 1-2) and Astrobiology EPO Lead, Wendy Taylor. The two week summer camp explored planetary science and astrobiology through daily hands-on STEM activities, interactions with researchers, and tours to SESE mission centers and collections. As part of the daily camp activities, students participated in a education research that was conducted by four Modeling Institute graduate students (Figure 3). Their research involved the effectiveness of white boards versus large pads in concept mapping.