RAPID Proposal: Establishing the STEM Corps Evaluation and Research Agenda

October 1st, 2013 - September 30th, 2015 | PROJECT

President Obama announced in April 2013 that the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) would launch a STEM AmeriCorps initiative to build student interest in STEM. A RFA is currently being prepared to be released in the late fall of 2013. This project will engage in quick response research to identify an evaluation and research agenda that can begin to inform the program launch. Thus, the timeframe for informing the initial stages of STEM AmeriCorps is relatively short, and the creation of an evaluation and research agenda is very timely. The products from the RAPID proposal are: (1) a review of the evaluation and research literature on the use of volunteers and/or mentors to build students' interest in STEM; (2) to convene a workshop to identify evaluation and research priorities to guide the initiative; and (3) a summary evaluation agenda that identifies promising directions along with the strength of evidence around key issues.

Project Website(s)

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Project Products

Defining a Research Agenda for STEM Corps: Working White Paper

Team Members

Beth Gamse, Principal Investigator, AmeriCorps
Alina Martinez, Co-Principal Investigator


Funding Source: NSF
Funding Program: RAPID
Award Number: 1353037
Funding Amount: 199922


Audience: Adults | Educators | Teachers | Elementary School Children (6-10) | Middle School Children (11-13) | Museum | ISE Professionals | Youth | Teen (up to 17)
Discipline: Education and learning science | Engineering | General STEM | Mathematics | Technology
Resource Type: Project Descriptions
Environment Type: Community Outreach Programs | Informal | Formal Connections | K-12 Programs | Public Programs