NetSci High is an NSF-funded educational outreach program connecting high school students who are underrepresented in STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics), and their teachers, with regional university research labs. The program provides students the opportunity to work with researchers and graduate student mentors on team-based, year-long network science research projects, culminating in a formal presentation at a network science conference.
The short paper, published in the Proceedings of CompleNet 2015: The 6th International Workshop on Complex Networks, reports the content and materials that we have developed to date, including lesson plans and tools for introducing high school students and teachers to network science and the process of scientific research; empirical evaluation data on the effect of participation on students’ motivation and interest in pursuing STEM careers; the application of professional development materials for teachers that are intended to encourage them to use network science concepts in their lesson plans and curriculum; promoting district-level interest and engagement; best practices gained from our experiences; and the future goals for this project and its subsequent outgrowth.
For more information, visit: NetSci High Student Groups Google Site
Funding for NetSci High was provided by the National Science Foundation’s Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers program (ITEST) (Award # 1139478/1139482)