Engineering in Early Childhood: Describing Family-Level Interest Development Systems

Thursday, March 1, 2018
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Conference Proceedings | Report
Environment Type: 
Public Programs, Museum and Science Center Programs, Informal/Formal Connections, Pre-K/Early Childhood Programs
Pre-K Children (0-5) | Families | Parents/Caregivers | Educators/Teachers | Museum/ISE Professionals | Evaluators | Learning Researchers
Education and learning science | Engineering
Access and Inclusion: 
Low Socioeconomic Status
Institute for Learning Innovation, David Heil & Associates, Inc., Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, University of Notre Dame, Mt. Hood Community College Head Start
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In this paper, we summarize the results of the two-year, National Science Foundation-funded Head Start on Engineering (HSE) project, designed to study and support engineering-related interest development for preschool children and their families from low-income backgrounds participating in Head Start. Low-income communities face ongoing barriers to accessing STEM learning resources and pursuing STEM-related careers. Quality family interventions in early childhood are a critical approach to addressing these barriers and have been shown to have long-term, positive impacts on families well beyond success in school.

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Team Members

Ivel GontanAuthor
Marcie BenneMarcie BenneAuthor
Veronika NúñezVeronika NúñezAuthor

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