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Recognizing ITEST projects focusing on educators helping shape the lives of students worldwide

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Teacher appreciation day originated in 1953 but it wasn’t established as a weeklong celebration until 1999. Many people aren’t aware that Mattie Whyte Woodridge, an African American teacher in Arkansas is the pioneer of teacher appreciation day. She wrote to every governor in the United States and eventually one of her letters landed on the desk of Eleanor Roosevelt, the rest is history.Being a teacher has its complexities, and we often don’t

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Project Spotlight: Morehouse College's iSTEM-Xe Program

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Morehouse College iSTEM-Xe is an academic program designed for grades 6-8 that offers a rigorous, stimulating curriculum of project- and inquiry-based learning activities that explore principles related to STEM education and careers.What strategies have you found most effective and productive to broadening participation by engaging diverse underrepresented populations in STEM programs and careers? The iSTEM-Xe innovation component is student

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ITEST Proposals Move to Research.gov

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NSF has formally announced that FastLane will no longer accept any proposals to either the Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST) or the Discovery Research pre-K—12 (DRK-12) Programs.

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Earth Day 2021: Improving our planet one ITEST project at a time

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Earth Day is a chance to bring awareness about the state of our planet and how we can improve it. The first Earth Day took place on April 22, 1970, and inspired 20 million Americans to take to the streets to demonstrate against the impacts of 150 years of industrial development which had left a growing legacy of serious human health impacts. Since then, over 190 countries have engaged in action to bring long term awareness to focus areas such as

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Celebrating Mathematics

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This week we celebrated a fun mathematical holiday invented by the “Prince of Pi,” physicist and science communicator Larry Shaw. While working at San Francisco’s science museum, the Exploratorium, Shaw made the connection between the mathematical constant (P) and the date in March. The first Pi day was a small celebration, but it grew into an annual public event for the museum. Despite being created in 1988, it wasn’t until 2009 that it was

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STEM CareerBuilder Explores Strategic Government-University-Industry Partnerships Using Technology Enriched Interventions To Support High School Girls

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By Kavita Mittapalli, Ph.D. MN Associates, Inc. (external evaluator) and Joselina Cheng, Ph.D. University of Central Oklahoma, (principal investigator) Computer Forensics ProgramThe need for Computer Forensics (CF) professionals is becoming a national priority due to an increased reliance on technology and tools leading to critical data and security breaches, hacking, and cybercrime that are driving up the complexity and costs to maintain the

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Black History Month

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In 1926 Carter G. Woodson, a historian and the “Father of Black History” created a weeklong celebration referred to as “Negro History Week”, the aim was to make African American history accessible to everyone. It wasn’t until 1976 that Black History month became a month-long celebration across the country.   Black History month is a time of remembrance, a time to honor the enduring accomplishments and contributions made by African Americans. It’s

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MAGNET’s ECEC Project Demonstrates How to Connect Students to STEM Education and Careers and Transform STEM Education-to-Workforce Ecosystem

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By: Nina de las Alas and Kavita Mittapalli, MN Associates, Inc.Ethan Karp, Matthew Fieldman, and Autumn Russell, MAGNETThe Early College Early Career (ECEC) (Award no.1763558) provides insights into how to increase high school students’ interests, motivations, and capacities to pursue STEM learning and careers through an innovative, work-based learning program. The ITEST project (2018-2021) draws on its experience working with partners in

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The Road Ahead: STELAR’s New Resources

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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! ITEST Proposal Development Course: Launching in February, STELAR’s self-paced online course is designed for novice proposal writers who are

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