STEM Career Opportunities and Workforce Development

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: 


STELAR Webinar - NSF Opportunities: Broadening Participation in STEM

On Thursday, July 28, STELAR hosted a special webinar on behalf of the National Science Foundation Directorate for Education and Human Resources (EHR) highlighting funding opportunities within EHR especially aimed at broadening participation in STEM. 


2017 SACNAS National Diversity in STEM Conference

2017 SACNAS is a conference like no other. Equal parts science, culture, and community, 2017 SACNAS is the largest diversity in STEM conference in the country, with three days of cutting-edge science, training, mentoring, and cultural activities for scientists at all levels and disciplines. 


SISTERS in Science

Sisters in Science is a hands-on, learn by doing, afterschool program centered around middle school girls. This video highlights 5th and 6th grade female students in the San Diego area who are building alternative forms of energy like solar panels and air meters.


SciGirls Strategies Using Gender-Equitable Teaching Strategies and STEM Video Narratives to Engage Girls in Nontraditional STEM Fields

SciGirls Strategies: Using Gender-Equitable Teaching Strategies and STEM Video Narratives to Engage Girls in Nontraditional STEM Fields

UCAR Center for Science Education Engineering Activities

Investigate the ways that engineers help scientists explore and measure the atmosphere, and ways the atmosphere influences engineering designs. Includes activities in which students learn to fly UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles or "drones"). 

The University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) is a consortium of universities and colleges offering degrees in the atmospheric sciences and operates the National Center for Atmospheric Research. 


STELAR Webinar: Career Technical Education (CTE): Major trends and connections to STEM

With the resurgence in interest in Career Technical Education (CTE), this webinar provides information about the current state of CTE, its reach, impact, and the current trends in policy and practice at the state and federal levels. Learn how you can leverage CTE activities and staff in your state to advance the goals of your related projects.


STELAR Year in Review: 2016

STELAR released the following publications featuring the work of the ITEST community in 2016: 

Next Generation STEM Learning for All: Envisioning Advances Based on NSF Supported Research: a report on the one-day NSF-supported Forum, organized by EDC and SRI International. 


STELAR Webinar: ITEST’s STEM Workforce Education Model

NSF ITEST projects are an ideal testbed for researching what it takes to create robust pathways leading towards high-demand technology-centered careers. This webinar presented the results of the STELAR/ITEST Data and Impact Working Group’s efforts to identify the types of data that might be collected by ITEST projects to provide evidence that the program is setting youth on a STEM career trajectory.