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J. Noel-Storr (University of Arizona)
In order to discover what produces successful youth development, it is often most appropriate to start with a statement of intended outcomes, and then discover what strategies lead to those goals being fulfilled. Research has shown that to achieve the objective of producing young adults who are scientifically motivated (i.e. are either engaged in scientific or technical careers or have strong and committed interests in those areas) three key components must be in place: (i) Engagement -- opportunities providing glimpses of the excitement of science and gateways into scientific learning; (ii) Capacity -- here, the capacity of the educational system, formal and informal, to provide rich educational opportunities in scientific fields; and (iii) Continuity -- the ongoing support of science learning in and out of school, continued opportunities to pursue science and the layout of clear pathways towards scientific careers. Here I show ways in which this philosophy can be turned into a comprehensive, multi-component outreach program, in particular highlighting current efforts and planned developments within the area of one school district in Southern Arizona.
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