STEM Career Opportunities and Workforce Development

My Next Move Career Assessment

The My Next Move Career Assessment is an on-line interest assessment with 60 questions targeted to help individuals learn what she/he likes to do. Responses are made on a 5-point scale ranging from strongly dislike to strongly like. Based on the individual’s interests and responses, the information gathered will be used to suggest potentially suitable occupations and careers. My Next Move is intended to assist all jobseekers. It may be especially useful for students, young adults and other first-time workers as they explore potential careers based on their interests.


ITEST Conference Symposia for 2015

STELAR collaborated with ITEST projects on a number of conference symposium proposals during 2014 for the 2015 conference year. We are thrilled that these three proposals have been selected so far. Learn more about the two presentations we will be leading at AERA and the one planned for NARST.

NARST 2015 in Chicago:


Journal of Science Education and Technology ITEST Special Issue Call for Papers - DEADLINE EXTENDED TO JULY 30

CALL FOR PAPERS – Special issue on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Career Development Education

Journal of Science Education and Technology

Important Dates

EXTENDED Full paper submission deadline: July 30, 2015
(Previously-submitted papers may revise and resubmit before being reviewed)


Scientists bring new rigor to education research

This article in Scientific American features the ITEST project Predicting STEM Career Choice from Computational Indicators of Student Engagement within Middle School Mathematics Classes.  The article details efforts to bring more rigorous science to classrooms and research that is showing that our intuitions about education may be wrong.


Fostering Student Motivation and Achievement - Research to Practice and Lessons Learned from the ITEST Program

STELAR and select ITEST projects delivered a panel presentation at the Massachusetts STEM Summit in Worcester's DCU Center on Wednesday, October 22, 2014.

Moderator:  Sarita Pillai

Unlimited slots left.

Role Model Videos

Through these role model videos, professionals' real world views and application of math show high school students just how relevant math is to their futures.  Filmed on location, professionals tell students about how they use math in their careers and what math meant to them in high school. 


Boat-'bots for brainiacs: LEGO subs launch young engineers

This video produced by Live Science captures the impact and excitement of the Build IT Underwater Robotics Competition on June 3rd, 2009.   Robots were designed, built, and run by middle school and high school students. This event hosted by the Stevens Institute of Technology, well known for its ocean-engineering programs.


A Learner-Centered Design Method for Educational Technology

This paper aims to share EDC’s learnings from developing and implementing this method including addressing issues of trust between youth and adult team members, appropriately acknowledging youth contributions, balancing the roles of mentors and adult design partners, and making dynamic curriculum adjustments based on participants learning styles and skill levels.


Motivation and Culturally Responsive Technology for COMPUGIRLS

Insights from the COMPUGIRLS project have provided significant evidence that lack of motivation is a misrepresentation of our girls’ lived experience.


Motivating Youth Through Authentic, Meaningful and Purposeful Activities: An Examination Through the Lens of Transformative Activist Stance

An ongoing and at times seemingly intractable issue in science education and STEM fields is the underperformance and underrepresentation of marginalized youth. This is often attributed to disconnect between school in general, school science specifically and the cultures that youth enact and experience in their daily lives. Although research demonstrates that youth become engaged in STEM when it is relevant to their well-being and that of their community, the question of what motivates underrepresented youth to pursue STEM interests is still not fully understood.