Cultural Relevance, Equity, and Diversity

Psychology of Working Narratives of STEM Career Exploration for Non-dominant Youth

Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) is a domain of knowledge, skills, and practices that is pervasive and of critical importance in our highly technological, rapidly advancing, and increasingly connected world; however, non-dominant youth, namely from non-White, lower-income, non-English-speaking, and immigrant backgrounds, are disproportionately underrepresented in STEM careers in the USA.


Motivating Young Native American Students to Pursue STEM Learning Through a Culturally Relevant Science Program

Data indicate that females and ethnic/race minority groups are underrepresented in the science and engineering workforce calling for innovative strategies to engage and retain them in science education and careers. This study reports on the development, delivery, and outcomes of a culturally driven science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM) program, iSTEM, aimed at increasing engagement in STEM learning among Native American 3rd–8th grade students.


Using Robotics and Game Design to Enhance Children’s Self-Efficacy, STEM Attitudes, and Computational Thinking Skills

This paper describes the findings of a pilot study that used robotics and game design to develop middle school students’ computational thinking strategies. One hundred and twenty-four students engaged in LEGO® EV3 robotics and created games using Scalable Game Design software. The results of the study revealed students’ pre–post self-efficacy scores on the construct of computer use declined significantly, while the constructs of videogaming and computer gaming remained unchanged.


Innovations and Challenges in Project-Based STEM Education: Lessons from ITEST

For over a decade, the National Science Foundation’s Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST) program has funded researchers and educators to build an understanding of best practices, contexts, and processes contributing to K-12 students’ motivation and participation in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) activities that lead to STEM career pathways.


STELAR Webinar: Stories from ITEST - Culturally Competent Projects that Inspire Young People to Pursue STEM Careers (JOST Special Issue)

On February 28, STELAR hosted authors of three papers featured in our recent ITEST special issue published in the Journal of Science Education and Technology (JOST).

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ITEEA 2017 Annual Conference

The International Technology and Engineering Educators Association will hold their 79th Annual Conference: Engaging and Empowering Decision Makers through Integrative STEM Education

The conference will be held from March 16-18, 2017 in Dallas, TX. For information and to register visit the following link:


Center for Culturally Responsive Evaluation and Assessment (CREA) 4th International Conference - Call for Submissions

Center for Culturally Responsive Evaluation and Assessment (CREA)

Fourth International Conference

Chicago, Illinois

September 27-29, 2017

(Pre-conference workshops Tuesday, September 26)

Stafford Hood, PhD


From Seeds to STEM

Promising Approaches to Broadening Youth Participation in STEM

This paper, based on a review of over 200 publications related to approximately 110 ITEST projects, seeks to respond to the broadening participation question in the ITEST solicitation. While all ITEST projects include “broadening participation” as a central goal, we found that publications relating to 43 projects contained specific information on broadening participation. Of those, publications relating to 25 projects had “broadening participation” as the primary focus. Here, we present the range of strategies that project teams employed by highlighting some of those 25 projects.


Authentic Inquiries into Local Issues: Increasing Engagement and Building a Sense of STEM Identity and Agency

This paper focuses on ITEST projects that center on authentic inquiries into locally relevant issues.