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Digital East St. Louis

Digital East St. Louis

Funded by the National Science Foundation, Digital East St. Louis promotes interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education and the digital humanities while nurturing community pride among East St. Louis middle school students. Working with SIUE faculty and staff from various academic backgrounds, students are conducting interviews, capturing photographs, drafting written media and recording video to create a website that includes local historical archives, content-rich digital maps, a walking tour of East St. Louis neighborhoods and more. The three-year program will run all week for four weeks through the summer, as well as 15 Saturdays during the school year.

“This study is examining out-of-school learning and what role it can have in shaping students’ STEM interest, attitudes and educational choices,” said Sharon Locke, principal investigator on the Digital East St. Louis project and director of the SIUE STEM Center.

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