Survey Summaries

Following every program, the WEC requests that participants complete anonymous surveys.  There are multiple opportunities to provide written comments as well as quantitative scoring of program elements.  The quantitative data gathered from these surveys give us an understanding of the impact of industry immersion on students and teachers in their career thinking in correlation to their education today, as well as to their career planning tomorrow.


Student Industry Tours

Question: This tour helped me understand how STEM subjects learned in school ar put to work in the (toured) field.
Responses: 90% agreed or strongly agreed

Question: This tour gave me information that will help me make career decisions and decisions about my education after high school
Responses: 94% agreed or strongly agreed

Question: This tour gave me new information about careers in the (toured) field.
Responses: 97% agreed or strongly agreed

Question: Would you recommend that other students take this tour
Responses: 96% agreed or strongly agreed

Comments: Industry tours continue to be an efficient way to introduce students to STEM careers and the skills needed to succeed. Well over 90% of tour participants reported that the tour gave them information about career opportunities that they will use to make post-secondary education decisions. The high recommendation rate (96%) for other students to participate in industry tours underscores the value that students attach to these opportunities.


STEM-Equity Tours

Question: This tour helped me understand how STEM subjects learned in school are put to work in the advanced manufacturing field.
Responses: 83% agreed or strongly agreed

Question: This tour helped me understand what training I need for a career in advanced manufacturing.
Responses: 92% agreed or strongly agreed

Question: I was considering a career in advanced manufacturing before the tour.
Responses: 49% agreed or strongly agreed

Question: I am considering a career in advanced manufacturing after the tour.
Responses: 85% agreed or strongly agreed

Question: Would you recommend that other students participate in a STEM-Equity tour
Responses: 95% agreed or strongly agreed

Comments:  The 95% recommendation that other students have the opportunity to participate in STEM-Equity tours captures the value that the girls see in this program.

The impact of the experience on students is demonstrated by the 73% rate of change in interest in a career in advanced manufacturing from the start to the conclusion of the tour.  This change in career interest is explained as much from the dynamic among the girls as it is from quantitative survey responses.

There is a powerful synergy between the middle school and high school students on the STEM-Equity tour.  By the end of the day, they are sharing with each other how uncomfortable they often feel as the only girl in a robotics club or an engineering program.  The younger girls gain confidence from seeing high school girls who aspire to the same careers that interest them, and from hearing a college professor speak about the prevalence of women in STEM majors at CSUCI.


STEM-Ersion

Question: As a result of the STEM-Ersion do you have a better understand of how what you teach is important to industry?
Responses: 100% agreed or strongly agreed

Question: Will the STEM-Ersion project based learning lesson help students understand STEM subjects better?
Responses: 91% agreed or strongly agreed

Question: Did you gain subject matter and career information that you will share with your students?
Responses: 94% agreed or strongly agreed.

Question: Other teachers should have the opportunity to participate in programs like the STEM-Ersion.
Responses: 100% agreed or strongly agreed

Comments: The STEM-Ersion provides teachers with a complete industry immersion experience. Response rates consistently over 90% confirm that as a result of participating in the STEM-Ersion teachers: 1) are more aware of how what they teach is used in industry 2) have more career information to share with students and 3) have more tools to help them successfully share subject matter and career information. In
addition, teachers coming together from different school districts in the region have a unique opportunity to share experiences and resources.


Teacher Industry Tour

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Question: As a result of the tour did you gain knowledge about biotech careers and the skills that employers are looking for?
Responses: 92% agree or strongly agree

Question: Did you gain subject matter information today that you will share with your students?
Response: 69% agree or strongly agree

Question: Do you believe there should be more teacher professional development programs like this tour?
Response: 92% agree or strongly agree

Comments: Teachers who participated in this industry tour overwhelmingly would encourage other teachers to participate in similar experiences. This response is consistent with teachers’ 92% response that they gained knowledge about careers and skills demanded by industry. However, only 69% of teacher participants believed that they gained subject matter information to take back into the classroom. By contrast, 94% of teachers who participated in the STEM-Ersion believed that they acquired subject matter information to share with students. Clearly, industry tours combined with curriculum design elements is a more complete experience for teacher development.


Teacher Professional Development

Questions: I will use the information that I gained in the seminar in my classroom
Responses: 100% agreed or strongly agreed

Question: The information shared in the seminar will help my students understand core course material better:
Responses: 100% agreed or strongly agreed

Question: I would encourage other teachers to participate in the Hands On Body Experience seminar.
Responses: 100% agreed or strongly agreed

Comments: This program received 100% positive responses on all measures. Based on this strong response rating, we know that the demonstrated lessons will help students better understand the STEM concepts that were covered. This program contained terrific classroom management tips in addition to subject matter discussion. However, unlike the teacher STEM-Ersion or Industry Tour, it did not provide career information.