The National Science Foundation funding for this project is predicated on its import as a research project exploring the impact of participation in informal science education (i.e. curriculum development and teaching) on college undergraduates. In particular we are examining the impact of the T2L experience on undergraduates’ understanding of the nature of science, their ability to explain science concepts to a lay audience, on the likelihood that they will take science courses, choose to major in science, or stick with a science major through graduation.
In addition we have secondary research questions regarding the impact of the program on elementary classroom teachers and on elementary students.
The various survey instruments we use to collect data from our Science Fellows, Classroom Teachers, and elementary students are below:
Elementary Student MATSI Survey