Building the Foundational Skills Needed for Success in Work at the Human-Technology Frontier

Our recently-released paper explores the future of work, expanding the conversation to include the importance of work for social stability, the challenges associated with broadening participation at the Human-Technology Frontier, the psycho-social factors affecting career development at the Human-Technology Frontier and illustrate how the NSF ITEST program is uniquely positioned to add value as an early intervention model for building a robust future ready STEM workforce.


Project Spotlight: Middle School Pathways in Computer Science

STELAR recently connected with members of the Middle School Pathways in Computer Science ITEST project, Principal Investigator Dr. Fred Martin and Akira Kamiya, Teacher Learning Center Director.


ITEST projects address NSF priorities on youth participation, teacher professional development and broadening participation in STEM

STELAR is excited to announce the publication of four syntheses that describe results of the ITEST program since its beginning in 2003. ITEST projects have designed experiences for youth that contribute to their STEM interests, they have contributed to the field of STEM professional development for teachers, and they have designed projects that broaden the reach of in-school and out-of-school projects to youth who don’t otherwise have access to unique STEM experiences.


Framing Next Steps in Research for ITEST

Joyce Malyn-Smith is a national expert on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) workforce development. She has a deep knowledge of how learners develop skills to prepare for productive and rewarding work life. And, she has a special interest in the innovation economy and how technology and informal learning can spark creativity and cultivate and sustain students' interest in STEM careers.


Smart and Connected Communities in practice: The Billion Oyster Project

What can Smart and Connected Communities be, and what can they do? The Collaboratory NYC, with funding from NSF's ITEST program, is putting its vision of Smart and Connected Communities into practice through the Billion Oyster Project. The project has brought together multiple stakeholders around a unifying challenge: repopulating oysters in New York Harbor. Why does this matter, and what is being done?


Broadening Participation: Join the conversation about strengthening the pipeline from service to STEM for Women Veterans

Back to School - ITEST Project Adaptations: Tips from the Field

In the virtual and hybrid school environment that students and teachers have had to embrace as their new reality, recruitment and data collection have been among the most difficult adaptations for ITEST projects to make.  STELAR connected with 5 ITEST projects to find out what major challenges they faced in implementing their projects during the pandemic.  We found that although many stakeholders involved in the ITEST project implementation have felt overwhelmed by the numerous ways that they h


Leveraging Student Strengths in STEM: Tips for ITEST Proposal Writers

When describing underserved and underrepresented groups in STEM education research there has traditionally been a deficits-based approach, focusing on the challenges that new interventions will help the students overcome. While it is essential that your proposal addresses student challenges, it is equally important to also thoroughly describe the ways in which your work will incorporate strengths-based approaches. The latest research has shown that strengths-based approaches are crucial to student success, and are essential to promoting equity in STEM education.


Developing a Competitive ITEST Proposal: Tips from the STELAR Center

Artificial Intelligence Is Coming. What Does That Mean for Us? It’s time to talk about how artificial intelligence may reshape our lives—and how humans can maintain control.

Throughout history, advances in technology have drastically changed how humans live and work. But today, innovations such as artificial intelligence, big data, robotics, and biotechnology are so revolutionary—and occurring so quickly—that they have the potential to upend whole industries and entire communities. How we interact with these advanced technologies may also challenge long-standing beliefs about the divisions between human and machine.