TechXcite – Local Youth Discover Engineering
Girls develop engineering skills through the use of everyday objects
What Has ANR Done?Collaborating with National 4-H Council and the Pratt School of Engineering at Duke, the 4-H Youth Development program in San Benito, Monterey, and Santa Cruz counties provided professional development workshops, curriculum supplies, and technical support to deliver TechXcite curriculum modules in 4-H Community Club and afterschool programs. The TechXcite curriculum attracts boys, girls, rural, and urban students in afterschool programs to STEM fields and careers through engaging, substantive, and applicable, hands-on lessons. Ten sites reached over 160 youth with engineering curriculum focusing on prosthetic arms, infrared remote controls, solar-powered cars, harvesting rainwater, and imaging of biological systems during a nine-month period.
Curriculum engaged all students and improved competence in science and engineeringEvaluation results generated by Compass Research and Evaluation indicated that 98% of instructors believe that students learned and demonstrated improved competence in science and engineering. Results also indicated that the modules are applicable to real-world situations (96%) and provided real-world examples and uses of technology (85%). With respect to gender differences, instructors very much or completely agreed that both male students (87%) and female students (72%) were engaged with TechXcite. Most instructors very much or completely agreed that after participating in TechXcite students showed improved attitudes toward science and engineering (65%), and increased initiative to explore science and engineering topics (64%).
Clientele TestimonialTechXcite was a wonderful program which brought opportunities for our youth to get hands-on discovery-based learning experiences. The youth got excited every week when it was TechXcite time; therefore, they were very engaged in the materials and activities provided. We will continue to use TechXcite as our youth really enjoyed the program.
Supporting Unit:San Benito, Monterey, Santa Cruz counties
County Director: San Benito County
Science Literacy Youth Development Advisor: Santa Cruz, Monterey and San Benito Counties
UCCE San Benito County
3228 Southside Road
Hollister, CA 95023
831-637-5346 x 12