Informal Learning and Afterschool

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: 

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NASA 2017 Competitive Program for Science Museums, Planetariums & NASA Visitors Centers

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has released a Research Announcement (NRA) soliciting proposals from Informal Education Institutions (IEIs) for informal education opportunities in support of NASA’s Office of Education (OE) under the STEM Education and Accountability Project (SEAP). From the solicitation: 

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STELAR Webinar: Digital Badging in ITEST Projects

On Tuesday, March 28, STELAR explored the use of digital badges in two ITEST projects.

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Upcoming ITEST Symposia in 2017

Each year, STELAR collaborates with NSF ITEST project teams to submit session proposals to education and research conferences around the country.  These sessions broaden awareness about the program and share the program's findings with others in the STEM education and research communities.  We are thrilled to announce these two ITEST symposia sessions that have been accepted for presentation during Spring 2017.  Look for us at these ITEST sessions, and connect with us on social media (@STELAR_CTR) to let us know where you will be

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STELAR Webinar: Digital Badging in ITEST Projects

On Tuesday, March 28, STELAR explored the use of digital badges in two ITEST projects.

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Connected Science Learning: Bridging the Gap between Informal & In-school STEM Education

A Seminar at the National Science Teachers Association Introducing the new NSTA Journal Connected Science Learning to be held:

Wednesday, February 22, 2017
3:00 – 4:30 PM EST (attend in-person or stream)
1840 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington VA 22201

Please RSVP by Feb. 18 for in-person or online participation (you will receive a link with information for streaming): https://goo.gl/forms/ycsBaPMYs7GuY9mf1

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ITEST Project STUDIO: Build Our World Receives Communications Award

STELAR congratulates ITEST collaborative research project, Creating a STEM Pipeline for Low Income and Immigrant Youth, also known as STUDIO: Build Our World, for receiving a silver medal in the 2017 Council for the Advancement and Support of Education District VIII Communication Awards for the project video appearing below. 

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Opting in and Creating Demand: Why Young People Choose to Teach Mathematics to Each Other

Access to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields serves as a key entry point to economic mobility and civic enfranchisement. Such access must take seriously the intellectual power of the knowledge and practices of non-dominant youth. In our case, this has meant to shift epistemic authority in mathematics from academic institutions to young people themselves.

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Students’ Perceptions of the Long-Term Impact of Attending a “CSI Science Camp”

A science summer camp is a popular type of informal science experience for youth. While there is no one model of a science camp, these experiences typically allow for more focused and in-depth exploration of different science domains and are usually hands-on and participatory. The goal of this research was to examine the impact of a short science camp program approximately 1 year after students attended the camp. Overall, the results revealed that attending a 2-day forensic science camp had a positive and continuing influence on the participants.

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Dragons, Ladybugs, and Softballs: Girls’ STEM Engagement with Human-Centered Robotics

Early experiences in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) are important for getting youth interested in STEM fields, particularly for girls. Here, we explore how an after-school robotics club can provide informal STEM experiences that inspire students to engage with STEM in the future. Human-centered robotics, with its emphasis on the social aspects of science and technology, may be especially important for bringing girls into the STEM pipeline. Using a problem-based approach, we designed two robotics challenges.

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