First Advisor

William Griesar

Date of Award

Summer 2020

Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Psychology and University Honors






S.T.E.A.M., art, S.T.E.M., neuroscience, inclusive learning, alternative learning, outreach, community learning, inquiry


The purpose of this thesis was to summarize the relevant research for the evaluation of a S.T.E.A.M.-based, grassroots, neuroscience outreach group called ‘NW Noggin’. This paper discusses the benefits and skills of S.T.E.M. in learning, the benefits and skills of S.T.E.A.M. in learning, educational disparities within the United States, educational outreach groups how they are currently assessed as well as more innovative arts-based and inquiry-based alternative assessments of student knowledge. This paper then focuses on the nonprofit NW Noggin to discuss their goals and activities and possible options for program assessment. This thesis also discusses how they fulfill their civic duty as an educational outreach group, both to underserved communities and to their own outreach volunteers. This thesis will hopefully provide a solid foundation for outreach assessment, both for NW Noggin and other S.T.E.M./S.T.E.A.M. outreach groups, while encouraging a more interdisciplinary approach to inclusive education.