In particular, "a key goal of the program is to understand what it takes to get underrepresented students to succeed in science, technology, engineering and mathematics," AAAS Program Director Joan Abdallah explained.
colleagues are offering an array of classroom, after-school, and summer activities for teachers and students from public, private, and charter schools in Washington, D.C.
The program will serve up to 2000 students as well as teachers, counselors and parents from predominantly underrepresented, low-income schools in the District.
staff members are collaborating with the DC Association of Chartered Public Schools
An independent assessment of outcomes, especially to determine the effectiveness of different intervention strategies, will be completed next year by Campbell-Kibler Associates, Inc.
wanted to investigate what suite of activities might effectively increase students' knowledge about science, engineering, and technology," Abdallah
Udoewa's workshop participants discussed science and engineering careers, practiced the bridge-building exercise, and received a few practical classroom tips from Abdallah, a former principal and science supervisor.
"Set up your supplies in advance," Abdallah advised as AAAS Program Associate Neela Khin prepared for the bridge exercise by arranging strips of cardboard, straws and tape on a table.