NSF DCL: Advancing Educational Innovations that Motivate and Prepare PreK-12 Learners for Computationally-Intensive Industries of the Future

NSF DCL: Advancing Educational Innovations that Motivate and Prepare PreK-12 Learners for Computationally-Intensive Industries of the Future


The National Science Foundation (NSF) would like to encourage proposals to NSF Computer Science for All (CSforAll: Research and RPPs) and Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST) programs that specifically investigate promising educational approaches to motivate and prepare preK-12 learners for computationally-intensive industries of the future.

The CSforAll program aims to provide all US preK-12 students with opportunities to participate in rigorous computer science and computational thinking education in their schools through funding both research and research-practitioner partnerships. 

The ITEST program is an applied research and development program designed to broaden participation in STEM and information and communication technology (ICT) careers and career pathways by providing preK-12 youth with technology-rich learning experiences in formal or informal settings.

These educational approaches should promote interest in and provide information about computationally1 intensive jobs of the future, while building the computational thinking skills that will be needed for these jobs. As appropriate, proposals may also address data science skills and practices, or other STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) skills and practices that are relevant to particular industries. Additionally, proposals may incorporate perspectives of stakeholders such as industry professionals, preK-12 educators in formal or informal settings, and other professionals or family members who advise youth in career planning.

In addition to developing promising educational approaches, each proposal should also use the development context to conduct rigorous and explanatory research, contributing to knowledge about key issues such as: development of interest in jobs of the future, teaching and learning of computational thinking, learning in job-related contexts, integration of computational thinking within STEM teaching.

It is imperative that industries of the future be founded in principles of inclusivity, to ensure equitable access. Thus, this DCL encourages educational approaches designed to broaden participation in careers and career pathways related to computer science. Proposals can build from the perspectives and strengths of groups that have historically been underrepresented in such fields - including women, African Americans, Hispanics, American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, Native Pacific Islanders, and persons with disabilities. This DCL also encourages Conference proposals to convene stakeholders with a range of relevant expertise and experience. These conferences may respond to pressing questions that would advance knowledge or practice; identify leverage points for addressing core issues; or set an agenda for future research and practice. Proposers are encouraged to contact a program officer prior to submitting a Conference proposal, and to follow the preparation and content requirements specified in NSF's Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide Chapter II.E.7.

Deadlines: The deadline for the ITEST Program is on August 14, 2020, and for CSforAll program is on February 10, 2021.

For more information view the Dear Colleague Letter on NSF’s website: https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2020/nsf20101/nsf20101.jsp




Wednesday, February 10, 2021