Long-Term Participants: A Museum Program Enhances Girls' STEM Interest, Motivation, and Persistence

Saturday, November 1, 2014
Resource Type:
Research Products | Peer-reviewed article
Environment Type: 
Public Programs, Afterschool Programs, Museum and Science Center Programs
Middle School Children (11-13) | Youth/Teen (up to 17) | Museum/ISE Professionals
Ecology, forestry, and agriculture | Education and learning science | General STEM | Life science | Social science and psychology | Space science
Access and Inclusion: 
Women and Girls
The City University of New York, American Museum of Natural History

Over the last ten years, out-of-school-time (OST) science programs have multiplied to increase young people’s exposure to science. However, there are still not enough opportunities for long-term engagement, which is essential to move youth from having interest in science to having the skills, knowledge, and self-efficacy to pursue careers in science. This article describes findings from exploratory research conducted to document the experiences of a small group of young women of color who participated in a museum-based OST program during their middle and high school years.

Publication Name: 
Afterschool Matters
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Team Members

Preeti GuptaPreeti GuptaAuthor
Alix CotumaccioAlix CotumaccioAuthor

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