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National Science Foundation - Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST) Program Solicitation

ITEST is a program that promotes PreK-12 student interests and capacities to participate in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and information and communications technology (ICT) workforce of the future. To achieve this objective, ITEST supports the development, implementation, and selective spread of innovative strategies for engaging students in experiences that: 


Samsung Solve for Tomorrow

Solve for Tomorrow is a contest where middle and high school teachers lead a class of students in the creation of a solution that addresses a need in their community using Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (STEAM). 

The contest challenges students in grades 6-12 to show how STEAM can be applied to help improve their local communities. Selected finalist schools will receive a prize throughout the contest.


How Baltimore Is Growing Its Tech Gurus From Scratch

The Digital Harbor Foundation, recent recipient of ITEST funding, was featured last month in Politico Magazine's "What Works" series. Digital Harbor, a non-profit maker-space laboratory located in Baltimore, is teaching area youth to learn STEM by doing, and having fun: 


2017 SACNAS National Diversity in STEM Conference

2017 SACNAS is a conference like no other. Equal parts science, culture, and community, 2017 SACNAS is the largest diversity in STEM conference in the country, with three days of cutting-edge science, training, mentoring, and cultural activities for scientists at all levels and disciplines. 


NSF INCLUDES Coordination Hub Solicitation

Inclusion Across the Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrepresented Discoverers in Engineering and Science (NSF INCLUDES) Coordination Hub

This solicitation is for a NSF INCLUDES Coordination Hub only. In previous NSF INCLUDES solicitations, the NSF INCLUDES Coordination Hub was referred to as a national backbone organization. NSF anticipates releasing separate solicitations that will offer opportunities for additional NSF INCLUDES Design and Development Launch Pilots and NSF INCLUDES Alliances with due dates in FY2018.



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NSTA Connected Science Learning Call: STEM Learning Through Citizen Science Experiences

NSTA's journal, "Connected Science Learning"  seeks contributions for its Sixth Issue (to be published in spring 2018): STEM Learning Through Citizen Science Experiences

Contributions are due September 15, 2017


NSF Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL) Program Solicitation

The Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL) program seeks to advance new approaches to and evidence-based understanding of the design and development of STEM learning opportunities for the public in informal environments; provide multiple pathways for broadening access to and engagement in STEM learning experiences; advance innovative research on and assessment of STEM learning in informal environments; and engage the public of all ages in learning STEM in informal environments.


NSF EHR Core Research (ECR) Solicitation

EHR Core Research (ECR) Reviewers Needed: If you are interested in reviewing ECR proposals please submit a brief CV to

EHR Core Research (ECR) Fundamental Research in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education


NSF Opportunities: Broadening Participation in STEM

On Thursday, June 22, STELAR hosted a special webinar held on behalf of the National Science Foundation Directorate for Education and Human Resources (EHR) highlighting funding opportunities within EHR especially aimed at broadening participation in STEM. 

Program Officers from all four EHR Divisions presented:

- Division for Human Resources and Development (HRD)

- Division for Research on Learning (DRL)

- Division for Undergraduate Education (DUE)

- Division for Graduate Education (DGE)