STEM Programs at Local Libraries: Encouraging Elementary Student’s Interest in the Sciences

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Erin Barnhardt Allen (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Pembroke (UNCP )
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Dr. Meredith Storms

Abstract: The goal of this project was to create an hour long STEM program aimed at elementary age students in order to encourage interest in the sciences at a young age. This program was implemented at two local libraries, Robeson County Public Library and Scotland County Memorial Library. This program incorporated reading, experimentation, activities, and knowledge testing. When working with a library, the age range that you will be working with is quite unpredictable. However, the program was successfully received by its target audience, elementary students, in addition to being well received by the older middle school students who were in attendance. The programs successfully encouraged scientific exposure and thinking. Programs like this inside and outside of normal school curriculum are key in helping students gain healthy attitudes towards learning about the sciences now and in higher education.

Additional Information

Honors Project
Esther G. Maynor Honors College
Language: English
Date: 2018
Science, Chemistry, STEM Programs, Elementary School Students, Public Libraries, Robeson County Public Library, Scotland County Memorial Library, Scientific Exposure, Scientific Thinking

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