NetSci high: Bringing network science research to high schools

Catherine Cramer, Lori Sheetz, Hiroki Sayama, Paul Trunfio, H. Eugene Stanley, Stephen Uzzo

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Abstract

We present NetSci High, our NSF-funded educational outreach program that connects high school students who are underrepresented in STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics), and their teachers, with regional university research labs and provides them with the opportunity to work with researchers and graduate students on team-based, year-long network science research projects, culminating in a formal presentation at a network science conference. This short paper reports the content and materials that we have developed to date, including lesson plans and tools for introducing high school students and teachers to network science; empirical evaluation data on the effect of participation on students’ motivation and interest in pursuing STEM careers; the application of professional development materials for teachers that are intended to encourage them to use network science concepts in their lesson plans and curriculum; promoting district-level interest and engagement; best practices gained from our experiences; and the future goals for this project and its subsequent outgrowth.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)209-218
Number of pages10
JournalStudies in Computational Intelligence
Volume597
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Educational outreach
  • High school student research
  • NetSci High
  • Network science and education
  • Teaching and learning network science

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Artificial Intelligence

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