Great research plan. I have a clear idea on what you plan to achieve. I remember being in high school and not having any exposure to the design realm. Now I think back of all the guys in my class who used to sit and tag their names on desks and bathroom walls with graffiti… potential hand drawn typists I say.
After taking in everyones comments about having access to technology not being a dominant issue, you can focus on determining the current knowledge of the youth on design and creative fields. I’m assuming you will be mostly targeting middle school students? Creative and design education can lead to so many opportunities ( graphic, animator, UX, web designer) which mean it is important to learn basic fundamentals such as composition and color.