A Head Start in STEM Learning
Advancing knowledge about how best to support underserved Head Start caregivers and children in early science learning
Research shows that income-based STEM achievement gaps have increased over the last decade, with differences in learning related outcomes evident prior to school entry. Despite the success of Head Start interventions, participating children still score lower on science and math readiness upon entrance to kindergarten than their wealthier peers.
In this project, Cornell students are using ethical practices to conduct research and facilitate hands-on STEM activities at the Sciencenter with Head Start families. The goal is to understand how best to support Head Start caregivers and children in early science learning and how to develop evidence-based programs that support early STEM for Head Start families in museums and other settings.
Topics: Access, Equity and Justice; Children, Youth, Seniors and Families; Education
Lin Bian, Department of Human Development
College of Human Ecology
Erin Jant, Harpur College
- Community partner: Sciencenter
- Community partner: Tompkins Community Action Head Start
Engaged Opportunity Grants
Supporting a wide range of community-engaged learning projects, from student leadership programs and partnership building to events and conference travel. Open to all faculty and staff.