Date Approved


Graduate Degree Type


Degree Name

Education-Instruction and Curriculum: Secondary Education (M.Ed.)

Degree Program

College of Education

First Advisor

Sherie Klee

Academic Year



The problem being addressed in this project is that science classrooms are not engaging enough to hold students' attention and this is lowering the number of students in STEM majors and careers, especially marginalized groups. Data and research show that the world has an increasing need for people in STEM fields and the current data suggest that there are not enough qualified people in these fields or studying to enter these fields in the future. Research has also shown that there are ways to increase the amount of interest in STEM courses and most teachers will be able to tweak their current curriculum to meet these needs. The purpose of this project is to create a series of lesson plans to help other science teachers increase student engagement within their classrooms and school, with the end goal of increasing participation amongst marginalized groups. With plenty of current research done on student engagement this project will be able to adequately implement lessons to be useful for science teachers across many districts.