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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: 


Creating STEM Pathways at Detroit's Aquarium

Welcome to Detroit and the Belle Isle Aquarium, where students come to see fish, turtles, and frogs and leave with learning and excitement about what they, too, could be doing in the world of science.  This project starts with teacher professional development to enhance their knowledge of biology and ecology and to help them prepare their classes to benefit the most from their field trip visit.  Aquarium educators (and our education researchers) follow up with classroom visits, and teachers get the opportunity to reinforce lessons with small grants to enhance learning opportunities.  Want t


Virtual Field Trip and Ecology Lesson at the Belle Isle Aquarium

Promoting Student Interest in Science and Science Careers through a Scalable Place-based Environmental Educational Program at a Public Aquarium,” is an NSF project that will work with 90 Detroit Public School Community District (DPSCD) fifth grade teachers in biological STEM areas related to fisheries, wildlife, conservation and aquatic sciences. More than 2,300 fifth grade students from DPSCD are expected to participate in field trips to the Belle Isle Aquarium and follow-up activities.


Growing Designs with biomakerlab in High School Classrooms

We report on the development and implementation of biomakerlab, a wetlab starter kit for synthetic biology activities in K-12. In synthetic biology, participants make their own DNA—gene by gene—and then grow their designs into real applications by inserting them into microorganisms to develop different traits and characteristics provided by the genes. High school students worked with biomakerlab to make logo designs using microorganisms they manipulated to produce differently colored pigments.


Influence of Industry-Informed STEM Pathways on Student Experiences and Outcomes in Non-Selective Urban School

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In a low-income, non-selective public school in Boston, 300 high school students (largely African American and English learners) participate in STEM career pathways that include aligned sequences of coursework, work-based learning, and career training.

ITEST Data Brief: Partnerships in ITEST

ITEST Data Brief Volume 5, Issue 1, August 2018. This data brief explores the partnerships that ITEST projects engage in for project planning and design, implementation, dissemination, and evaluation.


OERL ITEST Instrument

This instrument collects data about the attitudes of students toward science, mathematics and technology, in particular robotics. It can be administered to youth aged 12-15 who participated in a 4-H project (informal learning environment) focused on robotics, GPS/GIS, and natural resource/precision agriculture concepts.




SciGirls Profiles: Women in STEM

Gender Equitable Teaching Strategies

CPS/CWIC Employability Assessment

The CPS/ CWIC Employability Assessment (EA) is conducted twice a year in year in the first and third quarters. EA is an observed assessment of 16 core 21st century college and career skills. Employability Assessments measure behavioral skills required for college and career success. This CPS custom tool was created by the Chicago Workforce Investment Council after extensively researching industry, education and academic reports on career readiness. Assessment tool includes Online Assessment Scoring and Rubric.