Design Squad Global Summative Evaluation Report

Date: 
Friday, December 1, 2017
Resource Type:
Summative | Survey | Observation Protocol | Evaluation | Evaluation Reports
Environment Type: 
Afterschool Programs, K-12 Programs
Audience: 
Elementary School Children (6-10) | Middle School Children (11-13) | Youth/Teen (up to 17) | Educators/Teachers | Museum/ISE Professionals | Evaluators | Learning Researchers
Discipline: 
Education and learning science | Engineering
Access and Inclusion: 
Ethnic/Racial
Asian Communities
Black/African American Communities
Hispanic/Latinx Communities
Pacific Islander Communities
Low Socioeconomic Status
Rural
Urban
Organization:
Concord Evaluation Group, WGBH Educational Foundation, FHI360
Description or Abstract: 

In 2017, Concord Evaluation Group (CEG) conducted a summative evaluation of Design Squad Global (DSG). DSG is produced and managed by WGBH Educational Foundation. WGBH partnered with FHI 360, a nonprofit human development organizations working in 70 countries, to implement DSG around the globe.

In the DSG program, children in afterschool and school clubs explored engineering through hands-on activities, such as designing and building an emergency shelter or a structure that could withstand an earthquake. Through DSG, children also had the chance to work alongside a partner club from another country. Partner clubs shared their experiences by exchanging design ideas, photos, and videos. DSG's goal was to help children develop their global competency by learning more about each other's cultures, communities, and lives.

DSG strove to provide real-world engineering projects that were meaningful and socially relevant to communities around the world, with the goal of helping children begin to see themselves as young engineers with the power to make a difference. DSG was designed to help children see engineering as a dynamic career path and an achievable goal. To that end, DSG's objective was to help children learn creative problem solving, the design process, science and engineering concepts in context, global competency, and teamwork, listening, and sharing.

This report provides an overview and analysis of CEG's evaluation study designed to assess the degree to which DSG achieved its intended impacts.

Funder(s): 
NSF
Funding Program: 
AISL
Award Number: 
1422236
Funding Amount: 
$2,734,997
Funder(s): 
Private Foundation
Award Number: 
13-01177
Funding Amount: 
$432,322

Associated Projects

Team Members

Marisa WolskyMarisa WolskyPrincipal Investigator
Sonja LatimoreSonja LatimoreCo-Principal Investigator
Steven EhrenbergSteven EhrenbergContributor

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