Cultural Relevance, Equity, and Diversity

ITEST Data Brief: Project Strategies to Engage Underrepresented Populations

ITEST Data Brief Volume 2, Issue 1, January 2015

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National Science Foundation - Cyberlearning and Future Learning Technologies Program Solicitation

The purpose of the Cyberlearning and Future Learning Technologies program is to integrate opportunities offered by emerging technologies with advances in what is known about how people learn to advance three interconnected thrusts:

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Changing the world one network at a time

In collaboration with Cisco CSR, The New York Hall of Science (NYSCI) and colleagues at Binghamton University, Boston University and the Network Science Center at West Point are working to expand ITEST project Network Science for the Next Generation to bring powerful, but hitherto elite network science ideas into the lives of high school teachers and students for preparing the next generation of scientists and policymakers to solve humanity's greatest challenges.

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Network science in high school

The Network Science Center has been working with New York Hall of Science (NYSCI), Boston University, Binghamton University, and local schools on a project called NetSci High (also known as ITEST project Network Science for the Next Generation) to bring the study of networks to high school students. The goal of this effort is to prepare the next generation of scientists and policymakers to understand and solve some of the world's most complex problems.
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Two county schools to participate in UW robotics research project

ITEST project Visualization Basics will explore whether gaming and robotics be used to teach computational thinking skills to middle school students in culturally sensitive ways.  The project, based at the University of Wyoming will engage middle schools in at least 10 Wyoming school districts, including Fremont County School District 14 in Ethete and Fremont County School District 25 in Riverton.

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UW research on gaming and robotics to boost math learning supported by NSF grant

As part of ITEST project Visualization Basics, team members will train teachers from middle schools in at least 10 Wyoming school districts to develop mathematical and scientific lessons that are culturally relevant to their students. Project staff will support educators as they implement those lessons and will work with the teachers to analyze the impact on students’ overall learning. Finally, the research team will work with participants interested in becoming peer trainers, extending the project’s reach after the grant period ends.

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Program teaches girls engineering via apparel design

Smart Clothing, Smart Girls: Engineering via Apparel Design is a weeklong course designed and hosted by faculty, staff and students in Cornell’s Department of Fiber Science & Apparel Design (FSAD) with collaborators at the University of Minnesota. As part of this ITEST project, girls, from 4-H programs in Livingston, Ontario and Wyoming counties and the Syracuse chapter of Girls Inc., participate in four modules: advanced materials, wearable electronics, design technology and the engineering design process.

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Back to the land

ITEST project Seeding the Future is featured in this WCVB5 segment on its program that teaches high school youth how urban farming methods that utilize hydroponic technology.

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Boston teens grow green

As part of Boston College’s Lynch School of Education College Bound program, ITEST project Seeding the Future helps prepare high school students from Brighton High School, West Roxbury Academy and the Urban Science Academy in West Roxbury for college and beyond. Under the guidance of Mike Barnett, associate professor of Science Education and Technology at the Lynch School, an important focus of the program is to instill a love of science among the students, many of whom might otherwise shy away from it.

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Event aims to humanize science to lure girls

Co-sponsored by ITEST project GUTS y Girls, this year's Expanding Your Horizons (EYH) Santa Fe conference, held at the Santa Fe Community College, drew teachers, parents, and girls from private, public, and home schools from around Northern New Mexico.  The girls participated in hands-on workshops on topics ranging from emergency medicine to computer science and biology. They also heard from New Mexico professional women about how they got their start in careers involving STEM-C.

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