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Category: Post-secondary and Training Research

STEM Careers + Families: Learning Centers and Museums

As part of the STEM Next Opportunity Fund’s Family Engagement Project, this case study features the family engagement work of the New York Hall of Science, NYSCI, and the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, OMSI. Both NYSCI and OMSI are innovation museums that help families better understand the connection between STEM in museums, in their homes and future career pathways.

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Pathways to a STEMM Profession

The pathway to a STEMM profession begins at home, due in large measure to domestic environments that influence, intentionally or unintentionally, the educational aspirations of young people. Parental encouragement to participate in scientific, mathematical, and technical activities has an early and powerful impact.

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Pathways to an Engineering Career

Several factors can predict a student’s chances of success with completing an engineering degree in college, including those whose parents strongly pushed the importance of science or math education.

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Parents 2017: Unleashing their Power and Potential

A national study reports that parents are far more optimistic about their children’s academic successes than data indicates they should be. The study also includes recommendations for helping parents with such areas as learning goals, financing college, life skills, parent-teacher communication, and learning tools.

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Children and Parents Learning Side-by-Side to Acquire STEM Knowledge: A Case Study of the Chicago Pre-College Science and Engineering Program

Case study on the Chi S&E program, recruiting parents and families on Saturdays to learn and apply science, technology, engineering and math side by side with their student. The program demonstrates a family engagement model that leads to improved student achievement, and the building of institutional / systems capacity among all key stakeholders.

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Sociocritical Matters: Migrant Students’ College Access

Programs that focus on traditional academic learning and “college knowledge” are important for all students who want to further their education. However, the research indicates that the focus on sociocritical learning is essential for migrant students, and others from less advantaged communities.

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