The Impact of Children’s Long-Term Participation in STEM Clubs on Their Attitudes towards STEM Subjects

  • Cem Kagar PayaStem Center
  • Teslime Kagar
Keywords: STEM, Engineering, Cross curricular, Computer Sceince, Primary education.


In this report, we investigated the impact of after-school STEM clubs on children’s attitudes to STEM-related subjects. 236 children aged 8-12 took part in this study. For the purpose of this study, a quantitative research method was adopted where a survey prior to the STEM activities and at the end of 30 weeks of the after-school club have been used to make sense of children’s perspectives on STEM-related subjects. The study also explored whether the age and gender of the children would influence their attitudes towards these subjects.

Keywords: STEM, Engineering, Cross-curricular, Computer Science, Primary education


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How to Cite
Kagar, C., & Kagar, T. (2019). The Impact of Children’s Long-Term Participation in STEM Clubs on Their Attitudes towards STEM Subjects. International Journal of Computer Science Education in Schools, 2(5), 20-29.