Making for Change
M4C, a new initiative funded by the NSF, supports youth in developing productive identities in engineering, while also learning the hybrid practices that make up engineering for sustainable communities! The project supports middle school youth in iteratively moving between community ethnography and maker spaces to make sense of local problems and design solutions for them, while also connecting into a broader social network of experts.
Using youth collaborative designed-based research, we have been developing and refining the InvestigAction framework and tools for student learning & STEM identity development, in the context of energy systems engineering and the engineering practices of: a) Defining a problem and b) Designing a solution. Our goal is to study the pivotal juncture between investigation and action as a space of engineering learning and identity work in engineering.
Science Stars provides middle and high school girls from non-dominant backgrounds opportunities to engage in sustained inquiry in STEM and to collaboratively author high quality movies about their findings. Funded by NSF, Science Stars is in collaboration with the University of Rochester (STARS home-base) and the University of Washington Seattle. Science STARS is an afterschool program that supports the interest of urban middle school girls in science. The 2014 movies across the three sites can be viewed here: http://getrealscience.org/get-real-science-movies/.