STEM Perceptions Study 

We are interested in exploring how caregivers talk to their children about STEM activities. In this study, children (ages 4-7 years) and their caregivers will be asked to discuss a short picture book together. In the picture book, characters are shown engaging in a variety of STEM activities (e.g. building a robot, investigating plants). After the caregiver and child are finished talking about the pictures in the book, the researcher will introduce the child to a novel science game and invite them to share their beliefs about the game. We would like to explore the kind of language caregivers use when talking about the pictures with their children and how these explanations may influence children’s interaction with the game. This research will allow us to better understand the factors that may encourage children to learn and engage in science.