Blogs

The Road Ahead: STELAR’s New Resources

2020 was challenging in every avenue of life.  Here at STELAR, we have been creating products and tools to help our ITEST community and beyond make this coming year more positive by offering several new releases that we hope will provide support and offer inspiration for the important work that you are doing! 

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Broadening Participation: Join the conversation about strengthening the pipeline from service to STEM for Women Veterans

Back to School - ITEST Project Adaptations: Tips from the Field

In the virtual and hybrid school environment that students and teachers have had to embrace as their new reality, recruitment and data collection have been among the most difficult adaptations for ITEST projects to make.  STELAR connected with 5 ITEST projects to find out what major challenges they faced in implementing their projects during the pandemic.  We found that although many stakeholders involved in the ITEST project implementation have felt overwhelmed by the numerous ways that they h

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Leveraging Student Strengths in STEM: Tips for ITEST Proposal Writers

When describing underserved and underrepresented groups in STEM education research there has traditionally been a deficits-based approach, focusing on the challenges that new interventions will help the students overcome. While it is essential that your proposal addresses student challenges, it is equally important to also thoroughly describe the ways in which your work will incorporate strengths-based approaches. The latest research has shown that strengths-based approaches are crucial to student success, and are essential to promoting equity in STEM education.

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Developing a Competitive ITEST Proposal: Tips from the STELAR Center 2022

As the resource center for the NSF ITEST Program, STELAR assists both ITEST grantees and those interested in submitting a proposal. Each year we host solicitation webinars on behalf of NSF, which allow program officers to provide direct information and answer questions from participants. While the webinars are crucial to understanding the requirements of the program, we would like to highlight additional tools, resources, and information that are freely available to assist proposal writers.

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Artificial Intelligence Is Coming. What Does That Mean for Us? It’s time to talk about how artificial intelligence may reshape our lives—and how humans can maintain control.

Throughout history, advances in technology have drastically changed how humans live and work. But today, innovations such as artificial intelligence, big data, robotics, and biotechnology are so revolutionary—and occurring so quickly—that they have the potential to upend whole industries and entire communities. How we interact with these advanced technologies may also challenge long-standing beliefs about the divisions between human and machine.

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Project Spotlight: Building STEM Identity and Career Interests in Native American Students By Using Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) and Remote Sensing Technologies

In exploring the summer activies of ITEST projects, STELAR recently caught up with Karla Eitel of the University of Idaho, Prinicpal Investigator for the Building STEM Identity and Career Interests in Native American Students By Using Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) and Remote Sensing T

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Project Spotlight: Strengthening the STEM Pipeline for Elementary School African Americans, Hispanics, and Girls by Scaling Up Summer Engineering Experiences

As part of our series exploring what ITEST projects have been up to in the summer of 2017, we learned about the work of Strengthening the STEM Pipeline for Elementary School African Americans, Hispanics, and Girls by Scaling Up Summer Engineering Experiences led by Principal Investigator Karl Reid of the

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Project Spotlight: Promoting Robotic Design and Entrepreneurship Experiences among Students and Teachers

As part of our series exploring the work of ITEST projects over the summer months, STELAR connected with Prinicipal Investigator Vikram Kapila of New York University's Tandon School of Engineering on his project, "Promoting

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Project Spotlight: Understanding the Role of Gender in Engaging the Interest of Girls in Computer Science

STELAR recently connected with Principal Investigator Jody Clarke-Midura of Utah State University to find out what her project, Understanding the Role of Gender in Engaging the Interest of Girls in Computer Science, did over the summer. 

 

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