Youth Motivation and Interests in STEM

ITEST Strategy Share Meetup: Developing STEM Career Competencies from K-12

Over the past year, STELAR staff have been meeting with ITEST community members to learn more about the work projects are engaged in, and uncover challenges that projects have faced. In our review of these discussions, we identified three topic areas where examples of best-practices would benefit the community; Engaging schools as research partners (held May 16), Sustaining your ITEST Project (held July 18), and Developing STEM career competencies from K-12.  

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STELAR Webinar: 2019 NSF ITEST Solicitation

On May 28 STELAR hosted National Science Foundation Program Officers Michael Steele, Alejandra Sorto, and Amy Wilson-Lopez for an informative webinar on the newly-released 2019 Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST) Program Solicitation (NSF 19-583).

During the webinar Program Officers reviewed the goals of the ITEST program, detailed the revisions made to the 2019 solicitation, and provided guidance on developing a successful submission. 

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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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COVID-19 Resources for the ITEST Community

As we all face the challenges of COVID-19, making connections between communities and sharing resources with colleagues has become increasingly important. We would like to reassure you that STELAR is here for our community. As In the meantime, we and pleased to share the below resources provided by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Community for Advancing Discovery Research in Education (CADRE), and our colleagues at Education Development Center (EDC).

 

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Announcing STELAR 3.0

With gratitude for support from the NSF, we are pleased to announce that the STELAR center will continue to support the ITEST program community through 2023. STELAR has now been continuously supporting the ITEST program since 2013, and we are ready to launch our next phase of work - STELAR 3.0!

Here is a sample of some of the new and exciting things to come: 

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Nation of Makers NOMCON 2020: Requests for Proposals - All Virtual, Deadline Extended

The Nation of Makers will hold NOMCON 2020, on June 5-7, 2020.

Conference Theme: Sustainability: Creating and Supporting an Ecosystem That Sustains Us All

 

In light of the significant public health concerns related to coronavirus, NOMCON has pivoted from an in-person conference to an all-virtual experience. To learn more about this shift and to view information on the revised deadline, visit https://www.nomcon.org/2020-faq/#covid19

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NSTA 2021 Chicago National Conference - Call for Proposals

The National Science Teaching Association (NSTA) is the largest organization in the world committed to promoting excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning for all. NSTA's current membership of 50,000 includes science teachers, science supervisors, administrators, scientists, business and industry representatives, and others involved in and committed to science education.

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Student’s Spatial Learning Attitudes (SLA)

The Student’s Spatial Learning Attitudes (SLA) instrument is valid and reliable instrument designed for secondary students to share their ideas about sp

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Student Interest in Science, Technology and Geospatial Technology (STEM-GEO)

The Student Interest in Science, Technology and Geospatial Technology (STEM-GEO) instrument is valid and reliable instrument designed to measure 

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ATE-Central Webinar: Targeted Coaching Skills for Instructors Preparing a Diverse Technician Workforce

Are you ready to teach Generation Z—the most diverse generation to enter U.S. higher education and the workforce in history? Are you seeking ways to recruit and retain women—who continue to lag in participation in the technician workforce? Once you’ve recruited diverse learners and workers to your technician program or workplace, do you know what to do next?

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