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As part of GREAT!, project progress reports were submitted each year to the National Science Foundation. Copies of submitted reports, including interim evaluation findings, may be viewed below.


annual report - year 1
In June, 2001, the Miami Museum of Science received funding from the National Science Foundation . . . | Downl oad PDF to read more |


annual report - year 2
In June, 2001, the Miami Museum of Science received funding from the National Science Foundation to design and implement an innovative model program to increase the confidence, interest and preparedness of girls (with emphasis on girls of color) to pursue academic and employment opportunities . . . | Download PDF to read more |

annual report - year 3
Over the past three years, GREAT has engaged middle school girls in Saturday and summer programming, helping them to acquire progressively complex technology skills ......| Download PDF to read more |

dissemination
Towards the end of the program, the Museum contracted with independent filmmaker Piedad Palacios to produce a 7-minute video documenting the objectives and accomplishments of the GREAT project. In the girls own words, the video highlighted key factors contributing to the project's success including the Museum's informal learning environment, the use of cooperative, hands-on learning strategies, using technology to explore topics of interest to girls, support provided by college mentors, and the importance of parental involvement. ......| Download video to see more |

evaluations

Base Line Survey
A questionnaire using Likert scales and open-ended items was administered to gather baseline evidence of GREAT! participants' interests, knowledge, skills and attitudes about math, science, engineering and information technologies. The measure also assessed contextual information about computer access, family and peer influences and general attitudes about academic achievement.
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Geo-Shapes Survey
The evaluation included an authentic assessment of girls' knowledge of geometric concepts and their ability to apply them in new contexts.
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Site Observation
An observation protocol was used in site visits to GREAT! sessions in the Museum's Intel Lab to analyze learning events, tasks, approaches, conditions and materials used in the learning environment.

Student Motivation, Self-Concept & Creativity Survey
This instrument is a pre- and post questionnaire that was used to measure girls' self-confidence, creativity, attitudes toward learning and motivation to succeed after participating in GREAT!

STEM Skill, Knowledge and Attitudes Assessment
GREAT! girls were administered a pre- and post questionnaire to collect information about changes in their attitudes, confidence, skills and knowledge related to math, technology, and science.

Structured Interviews
An interview protocol was used to videotape interviews with girls about their STEM skills, knowledge and attitudes. The protocol also probed girls' satisfaction with the program, as well as their uses of new technologies in informal learning spaces. In addition, mentors were interviewed about their experiences in the program. Parents were also interviewed about their awareness and satisfaction with the program.

Tracking Attendance Data
Attendance was taken at every GREAT! session, and reasons for absences were coded to track attendance and to identify barriers to retention.

Training Satisfaction Exit Survey
Mentors, who played a pivotal role in student learning in the GREAT! program, completed a formative training satisfaction measure at the end of each 3D Studio Max workshop.