Facilitating formal-informal connections in rural STEM ecosystems

Date: 
Tuesday, June 13, 2017
Resource Type:
Peer-reviewed article | Research Products
Environment Type: 
Public Programs, Community Outreach Programs, Professional Development, Conferences, and Networks, Professional Development and Workshops, Resource Centers and Networks
Audience: 
Elementary School Children (6-10) | Middle School Children (11-13) | Youth/Teen (up to 17) | Museum/ISE Professionals
Discipline: 
General STEM
Access and Inclusion: 
Rural
Organization:
Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance
Description: 

In this article we describe a model designed for rural settings that uses community-based “STEM Guides” as human brokers to engage isolated 10- to 18-year-old youth in STEM. The STEM Guides connect youth with opportunities that already exist in their communities, including after-school programs, clubs, camps, library activities, special events, contests, and competitions. STEM Guides also introduce youth and their families to virtual opportunities, such as citizen science monitoring, and statewide experiences, such as the Maine State Science Fair.

Funder(s): 
NSF
Funding Program: 
AISL
Award Number: 
1322827
Funding Amount: 
$2,690,708
Citation
DOI:
2475-8779
Publication Name: 
Connected Science Learning
Volume: 
3
Number: 
10
Document:

Team Members

Jan MokrosJan MokrosAuthor
Jennifer AtkinsonJennifer AtkinsonAuthor
Sue AllenAuthor
Alyson SaundersAlyson SaundersAuthor
Kate KasteleinKate KasteleinAuthor

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