This summer many high school students have taken the opportunity to gain research experience through the Project STEM program to do hands-on work in a college setting.
Project STEM is a paid summer internship program which is a collaborative effort between the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences (PBS) and the Indianapolis Project STEM.
Anna Kim, a current junior in high school decided to explore psychology and became a camp counselor for Child Scientist Activity Week (C-SAW.) C-SAW is IU’s Department of Psychology & Brain Sciences summer camp for young children. This camp is used to run a variety of experiments with children while entertaining them as well.
Kim’s lab was assigned to study children on their knowledge of place values such as counting by five’s, or ten’s. Kim’s role was to evaluate the data that they received each day from the children.
“I’ll do the data coding of the videos of the kids or check the pre-test/post-tests of the kids, or they would have me scan papers for the experiments,” said Kim.