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Developing and Researching Equity-focused Across-Settings Models for STEAM (DREAMS)

January 1, 2015 | Public Programs
This Science Learning+ project will develop research-and-practice activities to explore how an integrated art, STEM, and society (what we refer to as STEAM) approach can expand science engagement and learning of youth aged 15-19, from low-income and non-dominant cultural communities. The project will review current knowledge, practice, and trends related to underrepresented youth, STEAM, and science engagement. The review will be used to develop: (1) A cross-setting research framework for investigating the relationship between informal STEAM learning experiences and young people's developing engagement with science. (2) Design principles for out-of-school STEAM programs that have proven effective in cultivating youth engagement with science and making relevant cross-setting connections. (3) Practitioner-friendly program evaluation tools that integrate findings from current research and practice related to cross-setting science learning of young adults especially non-dominant youth as it relates to STEAM learning experiences.


Wellcome Trust
Funding Program: SL+
Funding Amount: 86218


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    Principal Investigator
    Science Gallery
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    Co-Principal Investigator
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    Co-Principal Investigator
    University of Washington
  • Discipline: Art, music, and theater | Education and learning science | Engineering | General STEM | Mathematics | Technology
    Audience: Youth/Teen (up to 17) | Educators/Teachers | Museum/ISE Professionals
    Environment Type: Public Programs | Afterschool Programs | Summer and Extended Camps | Museum and Science Center Programs
    Access and Inclusion: Low Socioeconomic Status

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