When you think about high school, what comes to mind?
Students make important choices about their future during high school. Selecting classes to take during high school is one of the first critical junctures when talented youth can opt out of science courses. Unfortunately, many talented and capable young people are turning away from STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics). Latino youth are often underrepresented in STEM.
Latino science professionals report that family was critical to their success. Yet, we know little about how families impact teenagers' science motivation and choices during high school. Our goal is to help fill that gap.
We have partnered with 3 high schools in the area to collect data from Latino students about their motivation in science, their behaviors towards science, and how their families support them in science. We look forward to continuing to learn from our families and sharing our findings with you.
This project is funded by the National Science Foundation Grant No. 1054798 and 1560889.
This research team is also activity working on another exciting grant, Project Reach. In it, they are analyzing mixed method data from Latino adolescents on why they participate or do not participate in organized activities, how different people support their participation, and what in their lives shape their participation decisions.
To learn more, visit: Project Reach