Ethnography & Evaluation Research (E&ER) is conducting a study to map the U.S. national landscape of science- and technology-focused out-of-school-time (OST) programs. The study targets OST programs for middle- and high-school-aged youth, including after-school programs, camps, workshops, internships, and other models.
This study seeks to build a broad national picture of the extensive activity in out-of-school-time science, technology and engineering programming for young people. Millions of dollars are invested in these programs, and tens of thousands of students participate - yet as a community, we have no truly comprehensive view of the wide variety of formats, audiences, and approaches that are represented by the many active programs.
Where, when, and by whom are these science-rich programs conducted? What types of experiences do they offer to what kinds of students, with what goals? What organizational and experiential factors affect the outcomes for these youth? Ultimately, we wish to understand how these differences in program design are related to youth outcomes such as STEM learning, attitudes and interest, and their later career and educational choices. To answer these questions, we are gathering data through documents, interviews, and the online MOST-Science Questionnaire.
MOST-Science is supported by the Noyce Foundation and by the National Science Foundation under award DRL-1010953. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in these reports are those of the researchers, and do not necessarily represent the official views, opinions, or policy of the National Science Foundation or the Noyce Foundation.