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

March 1st, 2018 | RESEARCH

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.



Team Members

Scott Pattison, Author, Institute for Learning Innovation
Shannon Weiss, Author, David Heil & Associates, Inc.
Smirla Ramos-Montañez, Author, Oregon Museum of Science and Industry
Ivel Gontan, Author, Oregon Museum of Science and Industry
Gina Navoa Svarovsky, Author, University of Notre Dame
eric greenwald, Author, Mt. Hood Community College Head Start
Marcie Benne, Author, Oregon Museum of Science and Industry
Veronika Núñez, Author, Oregon Museum of Science and Industry
Cynthia Smith, Author


Funding Source: NSF
Funding Program: AISL
Award Number: 1515628
Funding Amount: 299070

Related URLs

Head Start on Engineering: Supporting Engineering Interest Development in Early Childhood


Access and Inclusion: Low Socioeconomic Status
Audience: Educators | Teachers | Evaluators | Families | Learning Researchers | Museum | ISE Professionals | Parents | Caregivers | Pre-K Children (0-5)
Discipline: Education and learning science | Engineering
Resource Type: Conference Proceedings | Report
Environment Type: Informal | Formal Connections | Museum and Science Center Programs | Pre-K | Early Childhood Programs | Public Programs