With partnerships between the University of Oklahoma School of Library and Information Studies, Norman Public Schools, and the Oklahoma Climatological Survey, the researchers and educators developed a STEM-based Maker program at the Irving Middle School in Norman, OK. Nineteen middle schoolers participated in a weekly after-school club in Fall 2014. Students learned STEM concepts and skills in a school library through Maker learning experiences. They also produced information products as representation of their knowledge and skills obtained during the club activities. Researchers investigated how students create information and learn science and technology in this creative library space.
Program Goals & Outcomes
The Meteorology Makers’ Club is an informal STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) learning program at the Irving Middle School Library, in which students learn by doing, making, and interacting with peers and mentors. Students will engage in creative activities of their own interests using both physical and digital technologies.
The goal of this program is to promote students’ STEM interest, knowledge, and skills, with particular emphasis on meteorology and technology, as well as 21st-century skills, such as inquiry, critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, and digital information literacy skills. Ultimately, we aim to provide a supportive and creative social environment that enhances students’ sense of agency by increasing their capacity to learn and create.
Program outcomes among students include:
- heightened interest in STEM
- increased capacity to productively engage in STEM learning, including
- knowledge of meteorology core concepts
- ability to engage in inquiry-based learning and reflect on their own learning
- ability to use technologies and tools that can assist in STEM investigations and communication of scientific information
- understanding the value of STEM and making in their everyday life and throughout society
- increased capacity to pursue personal and aesthetic growth through making
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