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Year Published: 2016
Project GUTS (Growing Up Thinking Scientifically) is an afterschool program in which middle school students design, create and test computer models to simulate “what if” scenarios for real-world questions of community and societal concern. In this selection of evaluation data from the 2010-2011 school year, participants demonstrated gains along three major categories of youth outcomes—interest in STEM, capacity to engage in STEM, and finding value in STEM.
Program Name: Project GUTS
Program Description: Project GUTS (Growing Up Thinking Scientifically) is an afterschool program in which middle school students learn cutting-edge computing methods to solve modern-day problems. Participants design, create and test computer models to simulate “what if” scenarios for real-world questions of community and societal concern.
Scope of the Evaluation: Local
Program Type: Afterschool
Location: Santa Fe, NM
Community Type: Rural, Urban, Suburban
Grade level: Middle School
Program Demographics: 58 percent Hispanic/Latino, 24 percent Caucasian, 2 percent Asian-American, 2 percent Native-American, 1 percent African-American, 13 percent other; 35 percent qualify for federal free or reduced price lunch; 7 percent are Limited English Proficient; 5 percent have special needs or disabilities.
Program Website: http://www.projectguts.org/