Under the leadership of Drs. Kelly Riedinger and Martin Storksdieck with assistance from Victoria Bonebrake, the Center will collaborate with Iridescent to study the impact of parental involvement in STEM (science-technology-engineering-mathematics) project-based learning using their Curiosity Machine program. For this project, Iridescent will collaborate with the Illinois Math and Science Academy to provide students at two schools in Chicago with engineering education experiences through its Curiosity Machine platform. The research study, led by the Center, will examine the Curiosity Machine as an intervention in both an afterschool setting that integrates family programming, and in grades 4-8 classrooms in the two participating schools. The Curiosity Machine program is designed to engage youth in engineering design challenges with the support of engineering professionals who serve as mentors. The research study will focus on measuring outcomes for students, especially related to academic achievement, interest in STEM careers, and higher-order cognitive skills. Additionally, the study will measure outcomes for parents who participate in the family events with their children.