An Evaluation of a STEM Program for Middle School Students on Learning Disability Related IEPs

  • Paul C. Lam
  • Dennis Doverspike
  • Julie Zhao
  • John Zhe
  • Craig Menzemer


A year long Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) program was developed for middle schools students on Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) involving learning disabilities. The workshops were designed to encourage students both on IEPs and not on IEPs to explore STEM as a future career choice by building their knowledge and confidence. The participants in the workshops included 11 students on IEPs and 15 students not on IEPs. Parents also provided feedback regarding their attitudes toward the program. The results indicated that there were increases in student participant knowledge and career interest for both the students not on IEPs and the students on IEPs. Overall, reactions to the program from both students and parents were quite positive.