Assesses the impact of a program giving low-income students of color hands-on science experience on science capacity, youth development, and engagement in communities of practice. Examines practices that support science learning by underrepresented youth.
- Successful Strategy: Increased science capacity: Participants expressed newfound or enhanced interest in science, which contributed to reported confidence in pursuing a science-related career.
- Successful Strategy: Positive youth development: Participants reported improvements in verbal and written communication skills, leadership skills, and confidence building.
- Successful Strategy: Engagement in a community of practice: The program encouraged youth to become practicing members of a community of science learners, which resulted in the nurturing of relationships among peers and further engagement in science.
- Observation: Participants viewed high school graduation or equivalency as a key accomplishment, and all survey respondents received some post-secondary education beyond high school.
- Challenge: Not all participants were aware of multiple opportunities for continued participation beyond their initial involvement, and not all were able to design and lead activities.