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Conversational Programming: Exploring Interactive Program Analysis

Our powerful computers help very little in debugging the program we have so we can change it into the program we want. We introduce Conversational Programming as a way to harness our computing power to inspect program meaning through a combination of partial program execution and semantic program annotation. A programmer in our approach interactively selects highly autonomous “agents” in a program world as conversation topics and then changes the world to explore the potential behaviors of a selected agent in different scenarios.

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SDSU Student Dreams Big

SDSU graduate student Gene Rayford aspires to cure cancer and win the Nobel Prize. While developing a hospital ER medical app on his own, Rayford was recruited by the SDSU X-Team, which hopes his creativity will help them win the Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE. As one of 29 teams left in the competition, the SDSU X-Team is currently developing a mobile healthcare diagnostic device inspired by the Tricorder in Star Trek, capable of measuring vitals and detecting disease.

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ARC-REESE Criteria & Guidelines for Rating the Methodological Rigor of Educational Research in STEM

ARC was asked by NSF to conduct a pilot project to review the research methodologies employed by a sample of projects funded by the REESE (Research and Evaluation on Education in Science and Engineering) program. ARC convened an expert panel in consultation with NSF to develop standards and a rubric for rating the rigor of REESE projects’ methodologies, with the ultimate goal of reporting on the methodologies employed in the REESE program overall.

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ITEST Newsletter: Issue 3, Fall 2006

Learn more about the ways that ITEST projects use hands-on activities with educators and youth to promote scientific inquiry.  The ITEST LRC Newsletter, Issue 3/Fall 2006 includes this feature story plus success stories from three ITEST projects, resources, and LRC news and events.

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ITEST Newsletter: Issue 1, Fall 2005

This newsletter is designed to share the exciting work of teachers and students participating in ITEST (Information Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers) projects across the United States. Participating educators and young people work hand in hand with scientists and engineers on extended research projects that carry them beyond the classroom, using technology to explore topics ranging from biotechnology to environmental resource management.

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STELAR Webinar: Using Social Media to Disseminate Your Project Work

Presenter: Barb MacEachern, SportsLab: 2020

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STELAR Webinar: 2014 NSF ITEST Solicitation Information

STELAR hosted an informational webinar with an NSF Program Officer on Wednesday, September 3, 2014,  on the most recent ITEST Solicitation (NSF 14-512).  

Solicitation link: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2014/nsf14512/nsf14512.htm

Proposals due: November 6, 2014.

Synopsis of ITEST Program:

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ITEST Webinar: Environmental Science Student and Teacher Showcase

Presenters: Siobhan Bredin, ITEST Learning Resource Center at EDC; Cynthia Newson, ITEST Learning Resource Center at EDC; CREST PIs and participants; Urban Ecology PIs and participants

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ITEST Webinar: Curriculum Showcase

Presenters: Karen Michaelson, RSSIT; Walt Allan/Jeri Erickson, EcoScience Works; Claudia Morrell, ESTEEM; Mike Barnett, Urban Ecology; Harry Helling, SeaTech

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Seventh Annual NSF ITEST Summit: STEM Career Development: Nurturing Interest, Persistence, and STEM Self-efficacy

In addition to an NSF cross-program panel and keynote addresses, this Summit featured numerous breakout sessions hosted by ITEST project PIs and evaluators in 4 strands: Shaping educational pathways to STEM careers, Embedding research and assessment into project work, Evaluation, and Topics of general interest.

Embedding Research and Assessment into Project Work

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