Middle school (6-8)

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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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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Empowering Informal Educators to Prepare Future Generations in Wireless Radio Communications with Mobile Resources

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Making Waves will design and test kits, mobile apps, and educator materials to support public understanding of radio frequency communications reaching multiple museums, 190 informal educators, 290 youth, 420 public visitors, and 20,000 online visitors.
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Advancing Refugee Youth's STEM and Social Capital Through Family-Focused Learning

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This project focuses on promoting STEM aspirations among youth and parents of refugee backgrounds through multiple strategies including participating in a college-knowledge program, field trips to campuses, and e-mentoring with STEM professionals.
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Middle School Teacher and Student's Experiences with Artificial Intelligence via Computational Cameras

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36 middle school teachers along with 120 students in Phoenix, Arizona and Athens, Georgia will participate in summer workshops with technology modules featuring computational cameras to learn topics in artificial intelligence and computer vision.
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STEM Career Connections: A Model for Preparing Economically-Disadvantaged Rural Youth for the Future Workforce

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Developing STEM Identity in Rural Audiences through Community-based Engineering Design

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More than 300 rural youth, grades 6-8, are engaged in the research, design and building of simulated advanced manufacturing systems in a STEM elective course with mentoring from 20-30 undergraduate engineering students and STEM industry professionals.
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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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Understanding Weather Extremes with Big Data: Inspiring Rural Youth in Data Science

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WeatherX is developing middle-school curriculum units that investigate extreme weather events to promote skills in analyzing large-scale scientific data and interest in data science careers among students in rural areas.
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Watershed Awareness using Technology and Environmental Research for Sustainability (WATERS)

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