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Year Published: 2016
Frontiers in Urban Science Exploration (FUSE) is a strategy to institutionalize engaging, inquiry-based, informal STEM education nationally. In this selection of evaluation data from the 2012-2013 school year, participants demonstrated gains along three major categories of youth outcomes—interest in STEM, capacity to engage in STEM, and finding value in STEM.
Scope of the Evaluation: Multi-city
Program Type: Afterschool
Location: New York, NY; Providence, RI; Oakland, CA; Baltimore, MD; Boston, MA; Chicago, IL; and Palm Beach County, FL
Community Type: Urban
Grade level: Elementary School, Middle School, High School
Program Demographics: Demographics vary based on the local community.
Program Website: http://www.expandedschools.org/tools/frontiers-urban-science-education-fuse-resource-guide#sthash.YfkXVk4T.dpbs
Evaluator: ExpandED Schools (Formerly TASC)
Evaluation Methods: Evaluators conduct interviews with stakeholders; collect surveys from staff, students and intermediaries’ partners; and observe science activities using the STEM Program Quality Assessment (PQA). Staff confidence is examined using the Science Teaching Efficacy Belief Instrument (STEBI), and youth science attitudes with the Science Attitude Change Tool and Common Instrument.
Evaluation Type: Non-experimental
Below is a selection of evaluation data reported by the program around three major categories of youth outcomes—interest in STEM, capacity to productively engage in STEM, and finding value in STEM. These outcomes are an excerpt from a 2016 Afterschool Alliance paper, "The Impact of Afterschool STEM: Examples from the Field."
Capacity: I can do this
Value: This is important to me
Associated Evaluation: http://afterschoolalliance.org/documents/AfterschoolSTEMImpacts2016.pdf