The Exploratorium’s XTech Program: Engaging STEM Experiences for Middle-School Youth – Summative Evaluation Report

September 1st, 2009 | EVALUATION

The Exploratorium is home to XTech, a science education program which began in 2006 and was primarily funded by a three-year National Science Foundation grant (Award # 05-25217) through its ITEST (Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers) initiative. XTech provided project-based afterschool activities in science, engineering, and technology to underserved middle school students from the San Francisco Bay Area. As part of the Exploratorium's Community Outreach department, XTech involved partnerships with two community-based organizations in the Bay Area "Aim High and First Graduate" that support youth in educational pursuits.



Team Members

Becky Carroll, Evaluator, Inverness Research, Inc.
Anita Smith, Evaluator, Inverness Research, Inc.
Pam Castori, Evaluator, Inverness Research, Inc.
Exploratorium, Contributor


Funding Source: NSF
Funding Program: ITEST
Award Number: 0525217
Funding Amount: 899875

Related URLs

XTech: A Collaboration of the Exploratorium and the San Francisco Beacon Initiative
Website Archive


Audience: Evaluators | Middle School Children (11-13) | Museum | ISE Professionals
Discipline: Education and learning science | Engineering | General STEM | Technology
Resource Type: Evaluation Reports | Summative
Environment Type: Afterschool Programs | Community Outreach Programs | Museum and Science Center Programs | Public Programs