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Investigating the Impact of Curiosity Machine Classroom Implementation: Year 2 Study Findings Public Deposited

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  • This report describes key findings from the classroom implementation study of the Curiosity Machine (CM) design challenges during the Fall 2017 and Spring 2018 semesters at Barack Obama School of Leadership and STEM (BOS) and Michelle Obama School of Technology and Arts (MOS) in Illinois. The study was designed to address the following research questions: 1) Can approaches around engineering design challenges have a significant impact on students’ STEM identities, possible selves, self-efficacy, interest in learning about STEM, and academic performance; and 2) Is there an impact from participation on parents/caregivers’ understanding of their children’s thinking about STEM? We used a pre-post survey to understand any changes that resulted for students and caregivers as a result of participating in the CM challenges. We used a comparison group of students from the same schools who did not participate in the design challenges to estimate time effects on students that are unrelated to the CM design challenges. Survey data was complemented by classroom observations. In our analysis, we accounted for such variables as attendance, GPA, standardized test scores, and grades from school records provided by the district.
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  • Bonebrake, V., Riedinger, K., & Storksdieck, M. (2019): Investigating the Impact of Curiosity Machine Classroom Implementation: Year 2 Study Findings. Technical Report. Corvallis, OR: Oregon State University.
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