Draw-A-Scientist Test (DAST)

The Draw-a-Scientist Test is an open-ended projective test that assesses children's conceptual images of scientists. The DAST is evaluated using a 7-point scale based on the presence of the following components in drawing: lab coat, eyeglasses, facial growth of hair, symbols of research, symbols of knowledge, technology & relevant captions.

Average Review: 2 (2.9)

by anonymous, Youth Development Advisor, University of California, 3

While the Draw a Scientist tool is a popular tool used in several of our programs, I have never seen the scoring grid that goes along with it, and feel that in order to fully utilize the tool with its true intention that you need a way to measure the drawings. We often do pre and post drawings, hoping that the post drawings are more reflective of the participants or somehow related to the activities they participated in – therefore drawing a conclusion that youth see themselves as scientists as a result of participating in the program.