Youth Motivation and Interests in STEM is the official webpage of ITEST project The CryptoClub. It contains many activities for learning and enjoying cryptography: ciphers, challenges, games, and comics.


Middle Schoolers Out to Save the World (MSOSW) Curriculum

The Middle Schoolers Out to Save the World (MSOSW) curriculum uses data gathered by students to develop optimum scenarios for conserving energy and reducing the global production of greenhouse gases.



The inspiration for STEM (also known as ITEST project Design Loft STEM Learning Program) is the "Design for the Other 90% Movement,” which consists of engineers, designers, scientists, technologists, architects, and mathematicians engaged in designing low-cost innovative solutions for large portion of the world’s population who do not have access to basic services and products.


Waksman Student Scholars Program Resources

The Waksman Student Scholars Program (WSSP), also known as ITEST project Conducting Authentic Molecular Biology and Genomics Research in High Schools, provides opportunities for high school students and their teachers to conduct an authentic research project in molecular biology and bioinformatics and publish their findings.  Resources used and developed as part of this project can be found by clicking on the link.


GreenTECH Field Trips

The linked and attached field trip sites are recommended by ITEST project GreenTECH because they provide high school students with the opportunity to explore green technology facilities in the NYC-metropolitan area. This is not an exhaustive list.


GreenTECH Videos

Watch these three videos made by ITEST project GreenTECH!  These videos give you insight into environmental engineering.  In the first video, meet Adam, a mechanical engineer who works in an NYC power plant.  The second video features Team Reakter, a team of green battery experts.  Finally, the last video features Levi and Ozgem, two energy activists, who will show you how to get your community excited about saving energy.


STEM Career Interest Survey (STEM-CIS)

The STEM Career Interest Survey (STEM-CIS) measures interest in STEM classes and careers, particularly in middle school students.  Leveraging social cognitive career theory, the STEM-CIS contains four subscales: science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The STEM-CIS is a 44-item survey that uses a 5-point Likert scale.


The linked site provides both the STEM-CIS and its documentation.



$1.1 million grant will fund 3 years of scientific research

ITEST project WNY Genetics in Research Partnership has secured funding to enable teachers and high school students from 13 counties in Western and Central New York to conduct scientific research in bioinformatics during the next three years.  Grant money will be used to educate teachers and encourage students to pursue careers in engineering and the sciences. 


Students’ Adaptive Learning Engagement in Science (SALES) Questionnaire

The Students’ Adaptive Learning Engagement in Science (SALES) Questionnaire was developed to measure salient factors related to the motivation and self-regulation of students in lower secondary science classrooms (grades 8-10).  The SALES consists of 32 items, each measured on a 5-point Likert scale.  

The link provides access to the SALES and its documentation.


School Perceptions Questionnaire (SPQ) Scale

The School Perceptions Questionnaire (SPQ) Scale is a 13-item scale, each scored on a 5-point Likert scale, that assesses the extent to which a student's self-esteem is connected with and dependent upon academic outcomes (also called selective valuing or domain identification in the self-concept literature; identification is conceptually distinct from academic self-esteem or academic self-concept).  

The link provides both the SPQ Scale as well as its documentation.

Authors provide instrument validity and/or reliability information.