DIGGING FOR THE NEXT GENERATION OF GEOLOGISTS: THE EFFECTIVENESS OF SATURDAY SCIENCE ACADEMY
To better understand the effect of SSA on local students, evaluation surveys were administered to participants at the 2009, 2010 and 2011 SSA events. Fossils and other prizes were used as incentives to encourage students to complete the surveys. In 2011, 112 surveys were collected from participants both before and after SSA. Program effectiveness was assessed through comparisons of participant’s pre-and post-SSA responses. Preliminary results suggest that SSA is effective in improving the perception of geosciences amongst both white and minority student groups yet there are differences in SSA’s effectiveness in reaching each group. Such differences can be seen through the responses to the statement ‘Geosciences are interesting’ where Hispanic students largely agree with the statement, while Native American students largely disagree with it.