Project: The XTech Program at the Exploratorium

Authors: Becky Carroll, Anita Smith, Pam Castori

With assistance of: Michelle Phillips, Dawn Robles

Type: Report

Publication: September 2009

The Exploratorium’s XTech Program: Engaging STEM Experiences for Middle-School Youth — Summative Evaluation Report (pdf, 19 pages)


Inverness Research was hired to conduct a summative evaluation of the XTech project. Our work included:

  • interviews with XTech staff
  • program observations
  • interviews with student participants and youth facilitators
  • interviews with key staff from Aim High and First Graduate
  • surveys of student participants
  • informal interviews with parents

This report presents our findings on the XTech project. First, we discuss the theory of action that drove the project. We then discuss the value and contributions of the project to student participants, youth facilitators, and participating organizations. Finally, we address the lessons learned about this investment.

Intended Audience

Science Educators, Museum Educators, Science-Technology-Engineering-Math (STEM) Education Leaders, Teachers, Funders, and general public.


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