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Examining the Effects of Digital Fabrication in Middle School: Comparing Gifted and Non-Gifted Students
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, Breckenridge ISD, United States ; , University of North Texas, United States

Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Las Vegas, NV, United States ISBN 978-1-939797-37-7 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA

Abstract

A large-scale grant funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) utilizes digital fabrication tools and curriculum designed to lead students through the creation of American Invention Kits. This study explores the efficacy of the NSF’s grant project on gifted students from rural middle schools and the effect the project has on gifted students’ knowledge and affinity toward science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Students from two middles schools in rural areas of north-central Texas (N = 190) took part in the project. The students were divided among four subgroups: gifted-contrast (n = 12), gifted-treatment (n = 8), nongifted-contrast (n = 76), and nongifted-treatment (n = 94). The students were measured on three surveys, including the STEM Semantics Survey, TIMSS-Limited, and a knowledge assessment for the specific curriculum unit focused on the solenoid. The STEM Semantics Survey is divided into five subsets. Thirty-two separate one-way repeated measures ANOVAs were performed across the surveys and subgroups. Statistically significant results were found on four comparisons. Implications from this study include gifted education advocacy and collection of data in the field.

Citation

Moore, V. & Tyler-Wood, T. (2019). Examining the Effects of Digital Fabrication in Middle School: Comparing Gifted and Non-Gifted Students. In K. Graziano (Ed.), Proceedings of Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 361-366). Las Vegas, NV, United States: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved May 19, 2019 from .

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