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Participate in MOST-Science: Mapping Out-of-School-Time Science

The MOST-Science online questionnaire has closed. Thanks for your interest!

These links provide important information about the questionnaire. For more details, visit our FAQ page.

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Why should I participate?

Out-of-school-time (OST) programs are pushing the boundaries of science, engineering and technology education for youth across the country. However, these diverse and creative programs often go unrecognized. Profiling your programs in our nation-wide database will:

In addition, you have a chance to win a $50 gift certificate! One winner's name will be drawn randomly from every group of 15 responses in order of completion. The winner will be notified by e-mail and will receive his or her choice of:

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How does it work?

We are studying OST educational programs that focus on science, engineering or technology and that serve youth from 6th-12th grades. Your organization may offer one or more of these programs.

To contribute to the study, you will first create an account on the questionnaire web site. Once you have created an account, you can log out and back in as often as necessary. You may contribute as many programs as you like.

After you have created an account and logged in, you will be prompted to build a Program Profile for each of your youth programs. The first few questions will check on certain program features that help us to define the study sample.

Later questions ask about the structure and educational content of your program, your youth audience, and adult involvement as facilitators or mentors. We ask you to describe a typical activity that youth do as part of your program. We also ask for some information about your organization and the partners who help you bring your programs to youth. It may be helpful to have certain facts handy, such as:

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Who should complete the questionnaire?

Because the questionnaire asks for in-depth information about each youth program, the best person to complete it will be someone who is familiar with both the day-to-day workings of the youth program and the bigger picture of your organization as a whole. If your organization offers several different youth programs, it may help to coordinate within your workplace so that each profile can be filled out by the person who manages that particular program.

We invite you to complete the questionnaire whether you run a local program or are affiliated with a larger, regional or national program (e.g. scouting, 4-H, Boys' & Girls' Clubs).

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How long will it take?

It takes around 15 minutes to create a profile of one youth program. The total time required will depend on how many programs you contribute. For a large organization with many programs, it may take over an hour. Once you have created an account, you can log out and back in as many times as necessary.

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Take me to the MOST-Science Questionnaire!

To learn more, read the Frequently Asked Questions. If you are ready to add your youth programs to the database, click the logo. We greatly appreciate your contributions and your interest!

More frequently asked questions (FAQs)

To learn more about the study design and our plans for sharing results, read the Frequently Asked Questions.

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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.

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