Environmental sciences

Urban youth and the environmental commons: rejuvenating civic engagement through civic science

Civic-science integrates science knowledge with civic practice but differs from the citizen-science prototype by reframing science as a public good and citizens as both recipients of and actors in policy. We draw from our studies of a civic-science model in which adolescents (majority African-American) collaborate with teachers and community partners to mitigate an environmental problem in their urban community.

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Computer Forensics Summer Academy & STEM CareerBuilder

The STEM CareerBuilder research and development (R&D) project aims to (1) explore what strategic government-university-industry partnerships and (2) study how technology-enriched interventions can encourage and support high school students with their pursuit of STEM education and careers. Multi-tier interventions with age-appropriate, interdisciplinary content, real-word context, and co-educational curricula include: Computer Forensics Summer Academy, mentoring, job shadowing, internships, research fellowships, and professional development.

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Make Way for Trains! Holding Back Earth Materials

A Community-Connected Elementary Geotechnical Engineering Unit

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Invasive Species Chutes & Ladder Game

Protect Belle Isle from Invasive Species!

Invaders are taking over Belle Isle! We need your help to protect the island from invasive species. In this game learn what you can do to prevent the spread of nature’s enemies. The fate of Belle Isle is up to you!

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Indigenous Mapping: Culturally Relevant, Technology-Enhanced Teaching Strategies for Indigenous Learners and the Public Good

An instrument for teachers to develop formative assessment.

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iDigFossils

Engaging K-12 Students in Integrated STEM via 3D Digitization, Printing and Paleontology

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The development and validation of the goal orientation and learning strategies survey (goals-s)

This article outlines the construction and validation of the Goal Orientation and Learning Strategies Survey (GOALS-S). This 84-item survey was designed to measure students’ motivational goal orientations and their cognitive and metacognitive strategies. Results of first-order confirmatory factor analyses (CFAs) supported the factorial validity of the GOALS-S scales measuring students’ goals and strategies (with goodness-of-fit indices in post-hoc models ranging from .908 to .981).

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Integrating AI Learning into Middle School Science through Natural Language Processing

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Over one thousand students and twelve teachers will engage in AI learning activities through integrating natural language processing into middle school science.
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STEM Tales: Investigating the effect of media read-alouds on young children's STEM and literacy learning and interest in STEM careers

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STEM Tales is designed to engage 200 children (ages 4-8) and 400 parents through culturally responsive STEM media/activities at 20 library programs led by 40 library educators, the PBS digital media series is expected to reach two million viewers online.
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A Model Program to Engage Students in Authentic, Technology-Infused Coastal Research and Monitoring: Building Student Data Literacy and Career Competency through Partnership

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Twenty rural teachers from coastal Maine, in partnership with local community members and faculty and staff from the RISE Center at UMaine, are involving over 2000 middle and high school students in technology-infused coastal research and monitoring.
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