Projects, Grants & Contracts

Robotics: Opportunities for Building Outstanding Talent in the Sciences

Project has been completed.


This R.O.B.O.T.S. (Opportunities for Building Outstanding Talent in the Sciences) project targets 210 underserved rural, urban and suburban students in grades six to eight and will provide 200 hours of out-of-school time (OST) evening, Saturday and summer intensive hands-on, inquiry-based STEM experiences, with a special focus on astronomy, physics and robotics. Evaluation, Assessment, & Policy Connections (EvAP) will conduct an applied research study to validate the theoretical framework upon which R.O.B.O.T.S. is based and investigate the underlying reasons and relationships that influence outcome attainment. The proposed research questions will address how middle school students form and change their attitudes about the world around them in the context of thinking about career options in STEM disciplines. Further it will test the model’s assumptions about the experiential strategies and how they influence the desired outcomes. Further, EvAP will evaluate the project, focusing on both formative (internal) and summative (external) evaluation questions.

Principal Investigator:

Rita O'Sullivan

Funding Dates:

10/1/2006 - 9/30/2009

Funding Source(s):

University of North Carolina General Administration