Minority Training Award
David Arnold's research addresses how mobile technology could foster Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) success in young children from low socioeconomic status (SES) families.
Arnold will be developing a grant proposal entitled “Fostering STEM Success in Underrepresented Groups with Educational Apps.” Arnold’s proposed project will evaluate the benefits of existing educational apps (e.g., for smart phones) for preschoolers, and examine the processes by which children learn using mobile technology. Smart phones are rapidly penetrating even the poorest communities, and this project will provide the first causal evidence regarding best practices in utilizing this ubiquitous technology. His program could eventually provide an important tool to help build critical early math skills and support STEM participation in underrepresented groups.