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Reported herein is the design, implementation, and evaluation of a full-day outreach program for high school girls that focuses entirely on sugar-related activities. The program, which we ran in February 2016 and February 2017, included multiple hands-on sugar-based experiments to increase the participants’ interest in and enthusiasm for science. The success of the program was quantitatively evaluated through the administration of precamp and postcamp surveys. Overall, the survey results indicated a statistically significant improvement in responses in one of the two program years, which corresponds to success in changing the participants’ attitudes regarding the practical applicability of science and in increasing their interest in pursuing scientific careers.
Levine, M., & DiScenza, D. J. (2018). Sweet, Sweet Science: Addressing the Gender Gap in STEM Disciplines through a One-Day High School Program in Sugar Chemistry. J. Chem. Educ., 95(8), 1316-1322. doi: 10.1021/acs.jchemed.7b00900
Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acs.jchemed.7b00900