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NetSci High: Bringing Agency to Diverse Teens Through the Science of Connected Systems

Stephen M. Uzzo, New York Hall of Science, Catherine B. Cramer, Hiroki Sayama, Russell Faux, Woods Hole Institute, Binghamton University, SUNY, Davis Square Research Associates
2021 Northeast Journal of Complex Systems  
This paper follows NetSci High, a decade-long initiative to inspire teams of teenage researchers to develop, execute and disseminate original research in network science. The project introduced high school students to the computer-based analysis of networks, and instilled in the participants the habits of mind to deepen inquiry in connected systems and statistics, and to sustain interest in continuing to study and pursue careers in fields involving network analysis. Goals of NetSci High ranged
more » ... NetSci High ranged from proximal learning outcomes (e.g., increasing high school student competencies in computing and improving student attitudes toward computing) to highly distal (e.g., preparing students for 21 st century science), with an emphasis on doing real-world research into relevant and ambiguous problems through technologically-infused and highly collaborative projects and defending them to a clear (and sometimes potentially intimidating) audience. The cognitive goals of the project covered broad areas including analyzing, synthesizing, and visualizing quantitative data, and understanding modeling and network statistics. Attitudinal outcomes included improving attitudes toward the statistical study of networks, self-efficacy, and a sense of agency for continuing to pursue further involvement in college studies and careers.
doi:10.22191/nejcs/vol3/iss2/2 fatcat:64ryuvmykzgjxf5wjufdvfszqe