THE BESSIE COLEMAN PROJECT: USING COMPUTER MODELING AND FLIGHT SIMULATION IN INFORMAL STEM SETTINGS - UPDATED RESEARCH REPORT
By Jacqueline Leonard, University of Wyoming
Will Jordan, Temple University
Roni Ellington, Morgan State University
This research report presents the pilot-year results of a three-year research project on computer science and technology. The Bessie Coleman Project, named for the first African-American and Native woman to receive a pilot’s license, provides underrepresented students with opportunities to learn about STEM-related careers by participating in computer modeling and flight simulation. Three-dimensional computer modeling and flight simulation was used as interventions to increase underrepresented students’ CT skills, motivation, and persistence. Project staff and facilitators at Boys and Girls Clubs and local schools implemented the project at six sites in Wyoming in 2018. A total of 124 participated in the pilot study: 29 (summer); 95 (fall). Descriptive evidence from survey data suggest that students had sustained interest in technology and qualitative data suggest students had interest in STEM careers.
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