Research shows student participation in science programming can affect scientific interest, academic performance, college majors, and careers. This article reports a study where results obtained from questionnaires completed by participants, parents, and guardians assessed whether interest in STEM disciplines was advanced by a summer day-camp attended by elementary and middle school students. Participants indicated that most activities positively affected their interest in STEM subjects. Parents and guardians also reported that student subject-matter interest was noticeably enhanced following the camp. Results indicate that inquiry-based but non-mathematical STEM activities were most successful at stimulating interest.
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Dillivan, K., & Dillivan, M. N. (2014). Student Interest in STEM Disciplines: Results from a Summer Day Camp. The Journal of Extension, 52(1), Article 18. https://tigerprints.clemson.edu/joe/vol52/iss1/18