High school (9-12)

Voices to Hear (V2H): Native American Youth Learning About Environmental Sciences, Related Careers and Engaging Their Communities through Podcasts

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This project focuses on creating accessibility and providing a sense of belonging for Native American Youth in STEM fields. Students will develop and share podcasts about environmental problems faced by their communities and learn about place and culture.
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Leveraging the U.S. Army Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) Program to Develop a Regional STEM Workforce

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In Mobile, AL, 500 Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) students, grades 9-11, participate in a 6-day summer academy that emphasizes leadership, STEM learning, and STEM careers through industry site visits, design challenges, and guest speakers.
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A Government-University-Industry Partnership and STEM CareerBuilder for the R&D of an Innovative Computer Forensics Program & an Education-Career Pathway for Girls

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One hundred and fifty 10th-11th grade girls in the Promise Zones, Governor-designated STEM Community, and COSTEMA, Oklahoma, participate in STEM/Forensic career-building interventions (e.g. job shadowing, mentoring, internships, and research fellowships).
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Adapting and Implementing a Geospatial High School Course in Career and Technical Education Clusters in Urban Settings

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Roughly 30 Career and Technical Education teachers will infuse geospatial technologies into the capstone course experience across six career clusters in Chicago for roughly 1000 students, who will earn dual enrollment credit.
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Developing Digital Makers in the Coding Makerspace to Include Boys of Color in Computer Science Learning and Cybersecurity Workforce Development

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Over 80 underrepresented boys of color grades 4-12 in Central Texas are engaged in relevant digital maker projects, earning certification in Python, and gaining real-world experience through mentoring and cyber security workforce development activities.
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Examining the Impact of an Industry-aligned, STEM Problem Based Learning Curriculum on Native Hawaiian and Underrepresented Youth Workforce Development

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Over 170 Native Hawaiian and underrepresented youth, grades 9-12, participate in an integrated STEM 5-week summer program using problem based learning with authentic problems and technology provided by STEM industry on the islands of Maui, Oahu, and Hilo.
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Connecting STEM to Music and the Physics of Sound Waves

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Two thousands youth grades 7-10 learn science through making electronic music and musical instruments. Programs developed in-school and in after school settings. Professional development and online resources for teachers.
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Developing a Model for Expanding Informal Tech Education for Underrepresented Communities through Makerspaces

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Three middle/high after-school programs in Maryland will be trained to bring Makerspace thinking to their informal education programs to introduce a tech component and supported with a discovery-based maker course for their youth.
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Nebraska Innovative Maker Co-laboratory

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More than 75 rural youth in grades 6-12 in rural Western Nebraska are engaged in Makerspace activities using two / main strategies; a) virtual collaborative spaces and b) robotic telepresence, to provide rural youth access to mentors.
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Introductory Bioinformatics: Genetic Testing (Bio-ITEST)

The Bio-ITEST genetic testing curriculum explores how bioinformatics is applied to genetic testing. Specifically, the bioinformatics tools of BLAST and Cn3D are used to investigate the genetic and molecular consequences of a mutation to the Breast Cancer Susceptibility 1 (BRCA1) gene. Students are also introduced to principles-based bioethics in order to support their thoughtful consideration of the many social and ethical implications of genetic testing. Throughout the unit, students are presented with a number of career options in which the tools of bioinformatics are used.

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