Promoting Student Interest in Science Using Student-Delivered Professional Development


  • Elizabeth Kerman Occidental College
  • Kimmie Blood Brigham Young University
  • Brandon Rodriguez NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory



STEM Identity, Science Education, Professional Development, Astronomy


In this work, over 400 middle school and high school students were presented science activities pertaining to authentic astronomical research. Created by a group of student research interns, these activities were delivered to classroom educators to share with their own students in person or via online instruction. This delivery took place via a series of professional development sessions delivered to teachers by the student interns, reaching a total of fifteen schools from across the United States of varying diversity and socioeconomic background. The authorship of the activities by students allowed for their voice to resonate with a wide audience of classrooms, promoting interest in science careers and confidence in independent learning across several subgroups, most notably in high school minority students. This includes a 12% increase in desire to go to college and a 14% gain in confidence in online learning in high school students.

The methods for this student-teacher-student delivery are highlighted along with the now publicly available educator resources employed in this study for future implementation.


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How to Cite

Kerman, E., Blood, K., & Rodriguez, B. (2022). Promoting Student Interest in Science Using Student-Delivered Professional Development. Journal of Student Research, 11(2).



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