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Theoretical Framework
  Vision of COMETS
  Inspiration for COMETS
  After-school Environment Opportunities
  Challenges of After-school Environment
  NRC Taking Science to School Strands of Scientific Proficiency
  NRC Taking Science to School Recommendations


  1.     Community Centers in Charleston and Dunbar, WV with 200 students in grades 3-5

  2.     63 educators -- 5 informal educators; 4 elementary; 2 middle school; 2 high school teachers and 50 pre-service teachers

Program Design and Components

   Out-of-School Time Instruction
   Target Science Process Skills
   COMETS Curriculum
   Family TREE Program
   Educator Professional Development
   Pre-Service Teacher Program

Logic Model

Partnership Roles

Evaluation Program

  1. Formative Assessment

  2. Summative Assessment

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Research Questions

RESEARCH QUESTION ONE:  What is the effect of parental involvement on enhancing student attitudes about Earth/Space Science or scientific careers?

RESEARCH QUESTION TWO:  Do pre-service educators involved in COMETS demonstrate greater proficiency than non-participating pre-service educators in inquiry science instruction

RESEARCH QUESTION THREE:  Do the students actively engaged in COMETS demonstrate an improved ability for the following scientific processing skills: a) ability to set up controlled experiments and b) ability to differentiate between theory (or explanation) with evidence for it?