Two pilot studies of Explorer At Large in classrooms have been funded to date. These are:
Cohort 1 - SY2017-2018
Location: Columbus, Ohio
Number of Schools: 10 Districts: 6
Audience: 652 students, 21 teachers
Grades: K & 3 (in school) / 4-8 (afterschool)
Cohort 2 - SY2019-2020
Location: Columbus and Cleveland, Ohio
Number of Schools: 16 Districts: 11
Audience: 625 students, 31 teachers
Grades: K & 3 (in school)
In addition to being fun and having a positive impact on classrooms and communities, Explorer At Large pilot studies must give us the insights we will need to succeed at scale. To determine what works and what needs improvement, Explorer At Large turns to its students, teachers, trainers, and parents for feedback. To provide a professional, third-party assessment, we call on XAL's Research & Evaluation Partner, the STEM Research Center at Oregon State University. It is their candor (if not brutal honesty) that allows Explorer At Large to iterate with an engineer's mindset, improving the Explorer At Large program from one school year and implementation to the next.
The second pilot is currently going and, therefore, has not yet been evaluated. A copy of OSU's 77-page report on the SY2017-2018 Phase 1 pilot can be downloaded here or by clicking on the page icon.