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A National Partnership-Based Summer Learning Initiative to Engage Underrepresented Students with Science, Technology, Engineering and MathematicsIn response to the White House Educate to Innovate campaign, NASA developed a new science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education program for non-traditional audiences that also focused on public-private partnerships and nationwide participation. NASA recognized that summer break is an often overlooked but opportune time to engage youth in STEM experiences, and elevated its ongoing commitment to the cultivation of diversity. The Summer of Innovation (SoI) is the resulting initiative that uses NASA's unique missions and resources to boost summer learning, particularly for students who are underrepresented, underserved and underperforming in STEM. The SoI pilot, launched in June 2010, is a multi-faceted effort designed to improve STEM teaching and learning through partnership, multi-week summer learning programs, special events, a national concluding event, and teacher development. The SoI pilot features strategic infusion of NASA content and educational resource materials, sustainability through STEM Learning Communities, and assessments of effectiveness of SoI interventions with other pilot efforts. This paper examines the inception and development of the Summer of Innovation pilot project, including achievements and effectiveness, as well as lessons learned for future efforts.
Document ID
20110016029
Document Type
Conference Paper
Authors
Melvin, Leland (NASA Headquarters Washington, DC United States)
Date Acquired
August 25, 2013
Publication Date
October 3, 2010
Subject Category
Space Sciences (General)
Report/Patent Number
IAC-11-E1.5.9
HQ-STI-11-160
Meeting Information
62nd International Astronautical Congress(Cape Town)
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
Other