Acquainting Metro Atlanta Youth with STEM (AMAYS) is a design-based research project involving the creation, implementation, and evaluation of a unique ICT-rich informal learning environment that combines elements of game mechanics, informal learning, and culturally relevant education.

The project team are examining AMAYS students’ knowledge, skills, and perceptions related to STEM/ICT and STEM/ICT careers. The project will be implemented through the After-School All Stars Atlanta (ASAS) program, which operates at multiple middle school sites in urban Atlanta, Georgia.

Teams of students at multiple middle school sites in the City of Atlanta will interact with each other face-to-face as part of the ASAS after-school enrichment program and via an interactive learning management system, which the project team is developing on a series of team-based, hands-on information and communication technology (ICT) activities centered on mobile Web development. The curriculum culminates in a project in which teams of students, functioning as technology start-ups with mentoring support from area ICT professionals, will research and develop a mobile technology product that is relevant to them and to their communities.

The AMAYS team is close to finished with their first year of design, development, and beta testing. They will run a one-school pilot implementation of the program beginning in the 2016-2017 school year during After-School All-Stars programming at a local middle school with up to 50 participants before expanding to a full roll-out of the AMAYS curriculum and interactive learning environment at up to 8 more middle school sites in the 2017-2018 school year with up to 400 participants.

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