Youth Motivation and Interests in STEM

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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STELAR Webinar: 2019 NSF ITEST Solicitation

Join STELAR as we host National Science Foundation Program Officers Michael Steele, Alejandra Sorto, and Amy Wilson-Lopez for two informative webinars on the newly-released 2019 Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST) Program Solicitation (NSF 19-583).

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Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST) 2019 Solicitation

 ITEST is an applied research and development (R&D) program providing direct student learning opportunities in pre-kindergarten through high school (PreK-12). The learning opportunities are based on innovative use of technology to strengthen knowledge and interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and information and communication technology (ICT) careers.

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Investigating Urban Trees

2019 STEM for All Video Showcase: Innovations in STEM Education

STELAR invites you to take part in a free, interactive, week-long video showcase event that will feature over 200 federally funded projects, including 24 from ITEST projects! Support your colleagues and learn about similar projects at work to support innovative STEM educational programming! 

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Drones: Summer Engineering Experience for Kids Aeronautical Engineering Engineering Design Challenge

Over the course of a week, your young engineers will be taking on the Drone Challenge.

Engineers will work in teams of 4-5 to apply the Engineering Design Process (EDP) and the scientific concepts related to simple machines, force, energy and motion. Below you will find your week-at-a-glance, a materials list, and some background information that will help you prepare for the challenge topic area. Also included is a copy of the challenge letter as well as the end of week challenge expectations.

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STEMStarter: A High School Capstone Course to Create STEM Career Pathways

High school capstone courses—culminating educational experiences for seniors as they conclude their formal high school education—have become increasingly popular across the nation, particularly in New England. The STEMStarter Capstone was designed to help Connecticut high schools meet new accreditation standards from the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) and graduation requirements that include a mastery-based learning project.

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Exploring I-poems to Explore the Identity of Underrepresented Engineering Student Makers

This Work in Progress Paper presents an NSF funded study focused on understanding the role that makerspaces play in the identity development of engineering students from underrepresented groups (URGs). In recent years, makerspaces have become a popular addition to universities, with an implicit assumption that makerspaces will increase students choosing to major in STEM disciplines.

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MakEval: Tools to Evaluate Maker Programs with Youth

The MakEval team is creating suites of tools—including surveys, assessments, and observation protocols—that provide educators, researchers and program administrators with information to evaluate maker programs/experiences with youth. MakEval identified a set of five key targets for evaluation, based on formal and informal maker educators’ survey and interview data, that include: creativity, critical thinking and problem solving, agency/independence, and involvement in STEM practices, and development of interest and identity in STEM/making.

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SciGirls Strategies Research Report

SciGirls Strategies Final Research Report on the use of gender equitable teaching strategies by high school CTE and STEM educators.

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