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Resources included in these libraries were submitted by ITEST projects or STELAR and are relevant to the work of the NSF ITEST Program. PDFs and/or URLs to the original resource are included in the resource description whenever possible. In some cases, full text publications are located behind publishers’ paywalls and a fee or membership to the third party site may be required for access. Permission for use must be requested through the publisher or author listed in each entry.

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Good Jobs Challenge

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Getting Americans Back to Work EDA’s American Rescue Plan $500 million Good Jobs Challenge is making once-in-a-generation investments in high-quality, locally led workforce systems to dramatically transform America’s communities. With a focus on equity, the program is expanding career opportunities for more Americans to reach their full potential and secure good-paying jobs while producing a skilled workforce to ensure the United States is prepared to innovate, compete, and succeed in a 21st Century global economy. The Good Jobs Challenge highlights workforce development as key to accelerating
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Map a Career in Clean Energy

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Start building our clean energy future with a career in the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE). EERE offers opportunities across its technology offices and on its operations team. EERE is fighting the climate crisis by advancing President Biden’s goal of reaching net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 through cutting-edge research that will bring clean energy technologies to communities all across America. But we need your help. Below are various career maps to help you think about what your career can look like in clean energy, based on your education and experience.
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STE(A)M Truck & Micron Partner for Chip Camp ATL

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With Micron we provided 40 students the opportunity to build and launch rockets, prototype and code aquatic transport vehicles, learn about the fabrication process of microprocessors and engage in science experiments with staff and students from Georgia Tech. By attending Chip Camp, students were able to better understand what engineers and scientists/engineers do every day in a semiconductor company and be inspired to cultivate a love of STEM learning and problem solving through STEM education

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Lines of Practice: A Practice-Centered Theory of Interest Relationships

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Based on a three-year-long ethnography of the hobby of model rocketry, I present a practice-centered theory of interest relationships—that is, the pattern of long-term, self-motivated engagement in open-ended practices that has been theorized under the concept of individual interests. In contrast to extant theories of individual interests, in which persistent engagement is pegged to a topic-specific relationship (e.g., a model rocketeer has an interest in the topic of rocketry, broadly conceived), I propose that persistence in a practice of interest is best understood in terms of what I call

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Reimagining STEM Workforce Development as a Braided River

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Career prospects for trainees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) are growing, but today’s opportunities are not always like the traditional science careers of the past. Individuals move in and out of roles and positions in which they consult, start businesses, and hold jobs across disciplines and sectors. People take many paths through school and weave careers around an assortment of circumstances, such as rearing families, serving in the military or volunteer corps, fulfilling caregiving responsibilities, or reengaging with formal education. These experiences bring

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Going Beyond Hooked Participants: The Nibble-and- Drop Framework for Classifying Citizen Science Participation

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Many citizen science (CS) programs aim to grow and sustain a pool of enthusiastic participants who consistently contribute their efforts to a specific scientific endeavor. Consequently, much research has explored CS participants’ motivations and their relationship to participant recruitment and retention. However, much of this research has focused on actively participating citizen scientists. If researchers want to elucidate the relationship between participant factors (such as demographics and motivations) and participant retention, it is necessary to develop a more comprehensive picture of

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Interest Development, Self-related Information Processing, and Practice

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Educators have a critical stake in supporting the development of interest—as the presence of interest benefits sustained engagement and learning. Neuroscientific research has shown that interest is distinct from, but overlapping with, self-related information processing, the personally relevant connections that a learner makes to content (e.g., mathematics). We propose that consideration of self-related information processing is critical for encouraging interest development in at least two ways. First, support for learners to make self-related connections to content may provide a basis for the

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Research on Continuous Improvement: Exploring the Complexities of Managing Educational Change

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As a result of the frustration with the dominant “What Works” paradigm of large-scale research-based improvement, practitioners, researchers, foundations, and policymakers are increasingly embracing a set of ideas and practices that can be collectively labeled continuous improvement (CI) methods. This chapter provides a comparative review of these methods, paying particular attention to CI methods’ intellectual influences, theories of action, and affordances and challenges in practice. We first map out and explore the shared intellectual forebears that CI methods draw on. We then discuss three

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STEM Dreams in Motion: Episode 2 - Ralph Ngaboyimana

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STEM Dreams in Motion: Stories of Resettled People Episode 2 - Ralph Ngaboyimana Sponsored by the National Science Foundation - Promoting Aspirations in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics through Youth and Family Engagement (Grant No. 2045306) In Partnership with Arizona State University Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College The Sidney Poitier New American Film School Producers: Philip Klucsarits & Eugene Judson Director & Cinematographer: Philip Klucsarits Editor & Post Production: Josh Belveal Additional Camera Operating & Lighting: Anze Su Contact: stemdreamsinmotion@gmail.com

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U.S. Energy & Employment Jobs Report

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The U.S. Energy and Employment Report (USEER) is a comprehensive summary of national and state-level employment, workforce, industry, occupation, unionization, demographic, and hiring information by energy technology groups. The USEER began in 2016 at the recommendation of the first Department of Energy Quadrennial Energy Review to better track and understand employment within key energy sectors that have been difficult to impossible to follow using other publicly available data sources. The study combines surveys of businesses with public labor data to produce estimates of employment and
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