National Science Foundation

National Science Foundation - Instructional Materials Development Program

This document presents the final report on the evaluation of the Instructional Materials Development (IMD) program of the National Science Foundation (NSF) and focuses on issues related to the development, dissemination, adoption, implementation, and impact of new instructional materials. The IMD program evaluates products at each step, from product development to classroom use. Instruments are included for evaluating elementary and secondary school science and mathematics materials for classroom use.

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Lab school brings manufacturing technologies to middle-school classrooms

Based on the promising results of ITEST project The FabLab, the Commonwealth of Virginia provided seed funding to design a laboratory school for advanced manufacturing.  Buford Engineering Design Academy, a laboratory school for advanced manufacturing has recently launched. In conjunction with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Sept. 30, National Science Foundation (NSF) leaders, UVa faculty and UVa and Buford students toured the site and saw the school's capabilities.

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High-school scientists decode DNA sequence, present findings

HiGene, an ITEST project, brings to New Jersey high school students the chance to work in a rapidly advancing field, do original research, then publish their results and share them with the scientific community.  Drawing on the fields of molecular biology and bioinformatics, five students from this project presented their most recent findings to an audience of scientists at the NSF headquarters in Arlington, VA.

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Fabricating the future: 3-D printing molds new K-12 STEM model

Visionaries like Glen Bull, a professor of instructional technology at the University of Virginia's (UVA) Curry School of Education, are using 3-D printing systems to change the way teachers present science concepts and, in turn, how students learn and retain the material.  In a lab school, elementary school students and teachers are invited to use engineering design and fabrication to teach and learn science and math concepts.

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President Obama highlights success of technology-driven TechBoston Academy

On March 8, President Barak Obama paid a visit to TechBoston Academy in Dorchester, Mass., a technology-driven pilot school for grades 6-12 within the Boston Public School System (BPS), to promote the importance of education in today's society and to highlight TechBoston as a model school for student success.  Teachers at TechBoston represent participation in a wide number of ITEST projects, including the Urban Ecology Institute, the CapsULE Project, and Probes and Models Across the Curriculum.

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Computer scientists bring digital world to Bronx kids

Jonathan Santiago, co-founder and managing director of STEM2GETHER, describes his experience working with ITEST project GreenFab and teaching advanced technical concepts to students in the Bronx.

This article was also published on Live Science.

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Preparing the Next Generation of STEM Innovators: Identifying and Developing Our Nation's Human Capital

This report from National Science Board focuses on identifying and preparing the nation's human capital.

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