NetSci High: Bringing Network Science Research to High Schools

  • Catherine Cramer
  • Lori Sheetz
  • Hiroki Sayama
  • Paul Trunfio
  • H. Eugene Stanley
  • Stephen Uzzo
Part of the Studies in Computational Intelligence book series (SCI, volume 597)

Abstract

We present NetSci High, our NSF-funded educational outreach program that connects high school students who are underrepresented in STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics), and their teachers, with regional university research labs and provides them with the opportunity to work with researchers and graduate students on team-based, year-long network science research projects, culminating in a formal presentation at a network science conference. This short paper 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; 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.

Keywords

Network science and education educational outreach teaching and learning network science high school student research NetSci High 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Catherine Cramer
    • 1
  • Lori Sheetz
    • 2
  • Hiroki Sayama
    • 3
    • 4
  • Paul Trunfio
    • 5
  • H. Eugene Stanley
    • 5
  • Stephen Uzzo
    • 1
  1. 1.New York Hall of ScienceNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.Network Science CenterUS Military Academy at West PointWest PointUSA
  3. 3.Collective Dynamics of Complex Systems Research GroupBinghamton UniversityBinghamtonUSA
  4. 4.Center for Complex Network ResearchNortheastern UniversityBostonUSA
  5. 5.Center for Polymer StudiesBoston UniversityBostonUSA

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