Thank you for being a part of the TechXcite program. If you have participated in one of the TechXcite: Discover Engineering trainings, you know what you're going to be teaching. This will contain ongoing TechXcite information for afterschool providers and 4-H agents.
As this is an NSF research project, evaluation is critical to its success. External evaluation for this project will be provided by Compass Consulting, Inc. Evaluation will be used to determine such things as which modules youth enjoyed most, and did the youth learn what they were expected to learn. Implementation of the program will aim to improve each of the modules and to improve the program as a whole. All evaluation materials will be provided at the training. The components of the evaluation are:
- After-school staff surveys: After-school instructors are required to complete surveys asking for their thoughts on specific components of the curriculum, how effective it was in teaching the youth, and how the curriculum can be improved. There will be a survey for each module and an overall survey at the end.
- Focus Groups: A small number of sites will be randomly selected by Compass Consulting to participate in focus groups each spring. These focus groups will consist of small group interviews with the trained evaluators from Compass Consulting. This would occur a maximum of once per academic year.
Training will be one day early in each semester. Dates for trainings are available on the TechXcite Events Calendar. The trainings will cover 2 modules. After-school staff and 4-H Professionals will be required to attend the trainings. If a staff member does not attend, they will not be issued the curriculum/kit. Training will last from approximately 9am-4pm. Training will be held within a few hours of the after-school site and the cost of travel to the training will be covered.
If you have questions about the kits or the curriculum, e-mail the Duke Curriculum team at firstname.lastname@example.org.