1999 DESC Survey Announcement

New Camp Survey Follow-up

Note: The exit camp survey has been conducted among camp participants since 1991. Two phone follow-up surveys followed, in 1993 and 1996. This article describes the current, 1999 follow-up.

By Lisa I-Ting Fu, July 1999

I am a second year aerospace engineering student at Ryerson Polytechnic University, and I am working as a camp counsellor for the Discover Engineering Summer camp this summer. A major part of my position is designing and implementing a follow-up survey of past Discover Engineering participants.

The purpose of the follow-up survey is to interview our camp participants who participated in the 1994 - 1997 camp programs. The survey is focused on finding out what they're doing now and if the camp has made a difference in their academic and career choices. I have researched and determined how many students attended the camps each year from 1994 - 1997.




The last follow-up survey was done in 1996 interviewing the 1993 camp participants. Based on the average camp attendance from 1994-1997 (123 participants), I have found that a statistically reliable sample will consist of randomly choosing 92 participants to interview from the 4 year period.

The method I used was based on referring to the statistically calculated table from survey conducting books. Based on the assumption that half the group will say that the camp had a positive influence on their academic/career choices and the other half will disagree, i.e. 50/50 split, this sample size will give us a plus/minus 5% error at a 95% confidence level.

I am currently in the process of conducting the telephone interviews with past participants, and by the end of August, 1999, I plan to have obtained all of the results and will present their analysis in a report which will be posted on-line.