Enriching and Enhancing Hands-On Science at Title 1 Schools with Camp Invention
This project provides an opportunity for up to 750 rising 5th grade students at five Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools to experience Camp Invention in the summer, and Club Invention three times during the school year. This program will excite the students about science and careers to explore in the science fields. Cohorts of 50 students will be selected at each school based on EVAAS data that allows CMS to identify students who are predicted to perform at the Level I, Level II, or Level III on the 5th Grade Science End of Grade (EOG) assessment.
Four 5th grade teachers at each Title 1 school will facilitate the Camp Invention and Club Invention modules aligned to science concepts that are part of the North Carolina Essential Standards for Science. To measure the improvement of students' competencies in science, students will take the Released version of the NC 5th Grade Science EOG at the start of the school year. This data will be compared with the students' EOG results at the end of the school year.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools STEM Department will lead, implement and manage this project. Invent Now, Inc. will provide the Camp Invention and Club Invention modules that will be used to engage the students in STEM activities. The Center for STEM at University of North Carolina at Charlotte will assist with the selection of student cohorts using EVAAS data and analysis of student growth on the 5th Grade Science EOG. Students' attitudes towards science will be assessed using the BWF SSEP Student Science Attitude Survey for grades 4/5. CMS and Invent Now, Inc. will have a significant impact on student learning and student attitudes towards science.
Nancy H Addison
Director, Prek-12 Math and Science