Journal of Research in Science, Mathematics and Technology Education

Planning an Informal STEM Event? Try the Assets-based Approach to Planning and Research for Informal STEM Events

Journal of Research in Science, Mathematics and Technology Education, Volume 7, Issue 1, January 2024, pp. 1-16
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A recent yet brief literature search indicated a gap regarding informal STEM events program planning and evaluation models represented in research. This paper presents a hybrid program planning model that combines a logic model and an assets-based outcome model. The combination of these models provides a basis for the program planning of informal STEM events. To start, the program planning model presented in this paper asks planners to focus on the strengths of the prospective K–12 and postsecondary schools’ staff and resources while compiling a list of specific results (outcomes) they want to obtain from a potential event; the outputs correlated to the outcomes, and inputs needed for activities planned for the informal STEM event. Above and beyond this, additional model components should help future informal STEM event planner(s) host a well-attended informal STEM event and reflect, modify, and improve the program for future iterations by conducting informal/formal research.
logic model, assets-based outcome model, informal STEM events, program planning and evaluation (PPE)
Meadows, J., Baker, J., Dzenga, N., Hinkel, S., & Wilson, C. A. (2024). Planning an Informal STEM Event? Try the Assets-based Approach to Planning and Research for Informal STEM Events. Journal of Research in Science, Mathematics and Technology Education, 7(1), 1-16.
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