Elementary school (K-5)

Virtual Field Trip and Ecology Lesson at the Belle Isle Aquarium

Promoting Student Interest in Science and Science Careers through a Scalable Place-based Environmental Educational Program at a Public Aquarium,” is an NSF project that will work with 90 Detroit Public School Community District (DPSCD) fifth grade teachers in biological STEM areas related to fisheries, wildlife, conservation and aquatic sciences. More than 2,300 fifth grade students from DPSCD are expected to participate in field trips to the Belle Isle Aquarium and follow-up activities.

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Developing underserved elementary students’ systems thinking and economic literacy through investigations of local ecological-economic systems

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Third graders from underserved regions in Maine engage in learning experiences which foreground the role of scientific modeling in knowledge construction to develop an integrated economic-ecological conceptual model of the Gulf of Maine ecosystem
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Making the Transition to Remote Science Teaching and Learning

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Elementary, middle, and high school teachers in remote and hybrid instructional settings are engaged in professional learning to support students in three-dimensional learning through a modeling tool that scaffolds systems and computational thinking.
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Enhancing Engagement and Conceptual Understanding of Fractions for Students with Learning Disabilities using the Model Mathematics Education Curriculum

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More than 140 rural and urban students with learning disabilities and difficulties, grades 4-6, use an innovative, integrated curriculum to bolster engagement in and conceptual understanding of fraction concepts and interest in STEM and ICT careers.
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Digital Mathematics Storytelling: Fraction Stories from Urban Emergent Communities

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More than 700 elementary-aged children in urban emergent communities will explore how Digital Mathematics Storytelling can document, share, and showcase the rich mathematical fraction knowledge that exists within their own communities and families.
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Virtual Access to STEM Careers (VASC)

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Developing K-12 Education Guidelines for Artificial Intelligence

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A working group of K-12 teachers and AI experts from academia and industry are developing national guidelines for teaching artificial intelligence in K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12 grade bands, and creating an online AI resource directory.
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Digital technology integration and engineering contexts to support elementary students' systems thinking

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90 elementary teachers in rural, undeserved areas of Virginia are engaged in a 2-year cycle of professional development and classroom instruction to support engineering, digital technology, and systems thinking among their students.
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Supersized Life: Comparing Across Scales

DRIVING QUESTION: How wide is the scale of living beings that we encounter, even if we can’t see them?
LEARNING GOALS: To prepare and empower students to undertake a more formal study of exponents and logarithms by creating and solving math problems involving changes on a logarithmic base-ten scale. To give students an intuitive sense and appreciation of how large changes by orders of magnitude are.

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Mammal Skull Versus Reptile: What are the differences?

DRIVING QUESTION: If you find a fossilized skull, what clues tell you if it is a mammal or reptile?
LEARNING GOALS: Learning goals are for students to collect, analyze and interpret data found in 3D printed fossil skulls. Students will be able to understand what type of information fossils can provide, including the environment where animals lived and the type of food they ate. In addition, they will have a better understanding of how much information can be found from past events regardless of size and or/time periods.

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