Summary: Program Data for LEAPS
The LEAPS program data has been collected through surveying and interviewing K-12
students and Fellows.
K-12 student attitudes
The students express that what they value most about the LEAPS program is that there
are more people available to help them. They enjoy the days when the Fellows are there
because they know they will be able to ask a lot of questions. They recognize that they
get more attention when the Fellows are present in the classroom. The students also say
that if they do not understand the explanation they are given, they simply ask someone
else. This is strong evidence that the presence of the Fellows encourages students to be
more inquisitive. Students in LEAPS also report in the interviews that the Fellows have
helped them become more interested in studying science, and more motivated to do well
in science. The interviews reveal that there is a good relationship between the Fellows
and the students, where the students respect the Fellows and see them as role models.
K-12 Schools & UCSB
In LEAPS-sponsored evening school events to date, family members of one hundred and
five K-12 students have attended.
In LEAPS-sponsored events to date, roughly 26 volunteer (non-LEAPS) graduate
students have participated. This includes participants in science fair project mentoring.