2021 Poster - Collaborative Strategies Research: Promoting Engagement in Informal STEM Learning as a Path to Employment for Adolescents with ASD

Thursday, November 4, 2021
Resource Type:
Conference Proceedings | Reference Materials
Environment Type: 
Media and Technology, Games, Simulations, and Interactives, Public Programs, Summer and Extended Camps
Youth/Teen (up to 17) | Educators/Teachers | Museum/ISE Professionals
Computing and information science | Education and learning science | General STEM | Technology
Access and Inclusion: 
People with Disabilities
CUNY, New York University, Tech Kids Unlimited, Education Development Center, University of California, Davis

The goal of our project is to develop strategies that effectively engage autistic adolescents in informal STEM learning opportunities that promote the self-efficacy and interest in STEM careers that will empower them to seek out career opportunities in STEM fields.

The research aims are to:

1. Identify evidence-based strategies to engage autistic youth in informal STEM learning opportunities that are well matched to their attentional profiles:

Hypothesis 1: Pedagogical strategies vary in how engaging they are for people with diverse attentional profiles; people with more focused attention prefer unimodal instruction and people with less focused attention prefer multimodal instruction;

2. Determine if engaging youth in informal STEM learning opportunities increases their STEM self- efficacy:

Hypothesis 2: Engagement with informal STEM learning opportunities promotes STEM self-efficacy;

3. Determine if engagement with STEM internship activities is associated with increased interest in STEM careers and career decision-making self-efficacy:

Hypothesis 3: Engagement with STEM internship activities promotes interest in STEM careers and career decision-making self-efficacy.

This poster was presented at the 2021 NSF AISL Awardee Meeting.

Funding Program: 
Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL)
Award Number: 
Funding Program: 
Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL)
Award Number: 

Team Members

Amy HurstAmy HurstAuthor
Beth RosenbergBeth RosenbergAuthor
Jessye HerrellJessye HerrellAuthor
Eliana GrossmanEliana GrossmanAuthor
Sharang BiswasSharang BiswasAuthor
Eunju PakEunju PakAuthor
Cristina UlerioCristina UlerioAuthor
Ariana RiccioAriana RiccioAuthor
Jin Delos SantosJin Delos SantosAuthor
Patrick DwyerPatrick DwyerAuthor
Sergey Shevchuk-HillSergey Shevchuk-HillAuthor
Wendy MartinWendy MartinAuthor
Lillian Hwang-GeddesLillian Hwang-GeddesAuthor
Bella KofnerBella KofnerAuthor
Rheniela Faye ConcepcionRheniela Faye ConcepcionAuthor
Theresa MajorTheresa MajorAuthor
Saumya DaveSaumya DaveAuthor
Kyle GravitchKyle GravitchAuthor
Terrance BobbTerrance BobbAuthor

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