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Effect of the Collaboration Between MakerSpace, University, and Elementary Schools on Student STEM Attitudes: Bringing the Maker Movement to Elementary Schools

Effect of the Collaboration Between MakerSpace, University, and Elementary Schools on Student STEM Attitudes: Bringing the Maker Movement to Elementary Schools
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Author(s): Irina Lyublinskaya (College of Staten Island (CUNY), USA) and Stephanie Sheehan (College of Staten Island (CUNY), USA)
Copyright: 2019
Pages: 21
Source title: Business Community Engagement for Educational Initiatives
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Mikhail Epshtein (College of Staten Island (CUNY), USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-6951-0.ch005

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Abstract

This chapter examines the effect of a STEM project developed in collaboration between MakerSpace, a public university, and a Title I elementary school on student STEM attitudes and interests in future STEM careers. There is limited research on the Maker Movement and practically no research on whether MakerSpace facilities and expertise can be effectively integrated into a standards-based elementary school curriculum. As part of this study, 5th grade students designed and built birdhouses to make connections between mathematics and science learned in the classroom and world around them. The study was conducted in urban settings, in a school with large percentages of at-risk students. Pre- and post-surveys were administered to measure student STEM attitudes, 21st century skills, and interests in future STEM careers. Results showed significant increase in scores in all these areas after students completed STEM projects. This study illustrates a successful collaboration between MakerSpace and local schools to enhance the standards-based school curriculum.

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