As part of the prior Midwest Digital Fabrication Partnership (MDFP) NSF Project (#0802388), a STEM Evaluation methodology and online instruments were developed to assess the impact of digital fabrication experiences on learners’ STEM competencies and attitudes.
As part of its qualitative research, the MDFP project also investigated the hypothesis that there are “STEM Moments of Truth” in which learners are either turned on or off to Science, Technology, Engineering or Math by certain experiences. The MDFP and DFLC projects are finding that Fab Labs constitute an overwhelmingly positive “STEM Moment of Truth” for all learners, but particularly for non-technical learners. These findings has been established both qualitatively and quantitatively.

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