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Tuesday, November 10 • 2:35pm - 3:45pm
ITEST Projects in the Out of School Context: Diverse Practices to Reach Underrepresented Youth

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The STEM Learning and Research (STELAR) Center, in collaboration with two projects funded by the National Science Foundation’s Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST) program, will present two models promoting STEM among underserved youth. Seeding the Future targets low-income, underrepresented populations in science at the high school level, and FUSE engages young people ages 11-18 in STEM experiences.

Participants in this session will learn about:

(1) the design principles behind each project and how those design principles provide the framework for materials design and program evaluation;

(2) implementation strategies and outcomes that lead to broadening participation and developing important 21st-century skills among young people who are traditionally underrepresented in STEM;

(3) how to leverage partnerships to build, grow, and sustain the work over time;

(4) how the projects leverage evaluation results to implement change to improve the structural aspects of our program; and

(5) how STEM career development and social justice are critical to the engagement of low-income youth in developing interest in science.


Caroline E. Parker

Principal Research Scientist, Education Development Center, Inc.


G. Michael Barnett

Associate Professor, Boston College Lynch School of Education

David Blustein

Lynch School of Education, Boston College

Kemi Jona

Research Professor, Northwestern University

Maggie Waldron

Program Director, Office of STEM Education Partnerships, Northwestern University

Catherine Wong

Director of Urban Outreach Initiatives, Boston College Lynch School of Education

Tuesday November 10, 2015 2:35pm - 3:45pm EST
Location TBD
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