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: 

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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

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.

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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. 

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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.

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Education and The Barcode of Life (eBOL)

The Education and Barcode of Life (eBOL) Community Web Portal provides educators with the key tools needed to bridge biodiversity research and education, and place their students at the nexus of science, nature, and technology.

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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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Curricular Influences on Female Afterschool Facilitators’ Computer Science Interests and Career Choices

Underrepresented populations such as women, African-Americans, and Latinos/as often come to STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) careers by less traditional paths than White and Asian males. To better understand how and why women might shift toward STEM, particularly computer science, careers, we investigated the education and career direction of afterschool facilitators, primarily women of color in their twenties and thirties, who taught Build IT, an afterschool computer science curriculum for middle school girls.

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Designing the Game: How a Project-Based Media Production Program Approaches STEAM Career

Numerous studies have indicated a need for a diverse workforce that is more highly educated in STEM and ICT fields, and one that is capable of responding creatively to demands for continual innovation. This paper, in response, chronicles the implementation of the Digital Pathways (DP) program, a two-time ITEST recipient and an ongoing initiative of the Bay Area Video Coalition. DP has provided low-income, underrepresented minority young people with 180 contact hours of activities in digital media production to prepare them to pursue higher education and technology careers.

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