Cultural Relevance, Equity, and Diversity

Social Justice Driven STEM Learning (STEMJ): A Curricular Framework for Teaching STEM in a Social Justice Driven, Urban, College Access Program

This article presents the curricular framework for a social justice driven STEM curriculum (i.e., STEMJ) within an out-of-school time program for Boston Public high school students (i.e., College Bound) at Boston College. Starting with a discussion of the authors’ ideological positionality within critical social justice discourses, the authors share how Bronfenbrenner’s (1994) General Ecological Model provides a conceptual framework for operationalizing social justice inquiry with and through STEM.

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Techno-Social Change Agents: Fostering Activist Dispositions Among Girls of Color

Discourse about girls and women of color in technology has followed the familiar path of using a single-unit analysis to explain disparity. Consequently, approaches to “motivate” girls of color overemphasize gender and engage in technological fetishization without fully considering how race, gender, class, and technology are co-constituted.

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Traversing a Political Pipeline: An Intersectional and Social Constructionist Approach Toward Technology Education for Girls of Color

First, this paper argues that applications of SCOT in feminist science and technology studies (STS) have largely focused on analyzing how gender and technology are coproduced, resulting in lack of scholarship that examines the mutually constitutive relationship between technology, gender and other intersecting identity categories, such as race and class.

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Gender Differences in Conceptualizations of STEM Career Interest: Complementary Perspectives from Data Mining, Multivariate Data Analysis and Multidimensional Scaling

Data gathered from 325 middle school students in four U.S. states indicate that both male (p < .0005, RSQ = .33) and female (p < .0005, RSQ = .36) career aspirations for being a scientist are predictable based on knowledge of dispositions toward mathematics, science and engineering, plus self-reported creative tendencies. For males, strong predictors are creative tendencies (beta = .348) and dispositions toward science (beta = .326), while dispositions toward mathematics is a weaker (beta = .137) but still a significant (p < .05) predictor.

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What Makes for Powerful Classrooms, and How Can We Support Teachers in Creating Them? A Story of Research and Practice, Productively Intertwined

This article and my career as an educational researcher are grounded in two fundamental assumptions: (a) that research and practice can and should live in productive synergy, with each enhancing the other, and (b) that research focused on teaching and learning in a particular discipline can, if carefully framed, yield insights that have implications across a broad spectrum of disciplines. This article begins by describing in brief two bodies of work that exemplify these two fundamental assumptions.

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STELAR Webinar: NSF Opportunities for Broadening Participation in STEM

On Thursday, June 14, STELAR brought our community the 3rd Annual NSF Opportunities for Broadening Participation in STEM webinar hosted by the National Science Foundation Directorate for Education and Human Resources (EHR). During this webinar, NSF program officers and staff provided relevant and timely information about NSF programs and funding opportunities within EHR aimed at broadening participation in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

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NSF INCLUDES Alliances Solicitation

NSF has released a new Inclusion across the Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrepresented Discoverers in Engineering and Science (NSF INCLUDES) solicitation targeting NSF INCLUDES Alliances.

With this solicitation, NSF invites proposals for NSF INCLUDES Alliances, which form the central parts of the NSF INCLUDES National Network. The NSF National Network aims to change the national landscape for broadening participation in STEM fields.

The critical functions of each NSF INCLUDES Alliance are to:

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2018 STELAR ITEST Principal Investigator and Evaluator Summit

On behalf of the National Science Foundation, STELAR hosted more than 90 ITEST projects at the 2018 Summit.

2018 STELAR ITEST Principal Investigator and Evaluator Summit
Equity and Access at the Human-Technology Frontier

Monday, May 14 - Tuesday, May 15, 2018
(Legislative visits to be held Wednesday, May 16)
The Westin Alexandria, 400 Courthouse Square, Alexandria VA 22314

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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.

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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: 

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