Native American and Alaska Native Heritage Month
Every year since 1990, Americans have celebrated National Native American Heritage month (NNAHM) a time to celebrate and recognize the accomplishments of those who were the original inhabitants, explorers, and settlers of the United States. The month of November serves as a time to educate ourselves and our community about Indigenous People, raise awareness about the unique challenges they have faced both historically and in the present, and learn how their cultural values, perspectives, and knowledge contribute to society. Many of the foods, medicines and remedies we use today were introduced by Indigenous People, and Native American innovations in areas such as mathematics and government greatly influenced our culture. In recognition of their continuous contributions, this month we examine ITEST projects that have developed innovative STEM educational experiences with native populations, helping to inspire their youth to pursue STEM careers.
Motivating Young Native American Students to Pursue STEM Learning Through a Culturally Relevant Science Program
Data indicate that females and ethnic/race minority groups are underrepresented in the science and engineering workforce calling for innovative strategies to engage and retain them in science education and careers. This study reports on the development, delivery, and outcomes of a culturally driven science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM) program, iSTEM, aimed at increasing engagement in STEM learning among Native American 3rd–8th grade students.
Drone Research and Opportunities for Native Elementary Students (DRONES)
This project will advance efforts of the Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST) program to better understand and promote practices that increase student motivations and capacities to pursue careers in fields of science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) by developing and testing a career exploration experience for upper elementary students.
Voices to Hear (V2H): Native American Youth Learning About Environmental Sciences, Related Careers and Engaging Their Communities through Podcasts
This project will use the oral tradition of storytelling to empower Native American students (middle school, high school and college) to engage in environmental decision-making and scientific communication, while building a stronger sense of their ethnic identity.
Examining the Impact of an Industry-aligned, STEM Problem Based Learning Curriculum on Native Hawaiian and Underrepresented Youth Workforce Development
Project STEMulate will advance efforts of the Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST) program to better understand and promote practices that increase students' motivations and capacities to pursue careers in fields of science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) by developing and testing an innovative approach for promoting STEM competency, interest, persistence, preparation and entry into the STEM workforce among Native Hawaiians and other underrepresented, low-income, first generation high school students.
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 Technologies project.
Earth Partnership: Indigenous Arts and Sciences - Connecting STEM to Native Science
This project will engage students, educators, elders, informal educators, natural resource professionals, and parents in community dialogues and relationship building, informal-formal professional development collaborations, and indigenized STEM learning experiences and mentoring for students in grades 8-12.