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Education Discoveries

NSF's public investment in science, engineering, education and technology helps to create knowledge and sustain prosperity. Read here about the Internet, microbursts, Web browsers, extrasolar planets, and more... a panoply of discoveries and innovations that began with NSF support.

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Composite image of the northeast United States during an energy blackout. Creating the energy Internet
How leaders in research, industry and engineering education are working to create the energy network of the future
Released  February 25, 2015
People working under a bridge Warding off failure
Tiny, self-powered sensors push the limits of health and usage monitoring
Released  February 4, 2015
Photo of Bob Bea After the lecture: Bob Bea and a lifetime spent outwitting disaster
Nearly 10 years post-Katrina, the engineer who co-led a team that investigated the New Orleans levee system reflects on what it takes to have resilient and sustainable infrastructure -- and the next generation of engineers
Released  February 4, 2015
Wind turbine on snow Floating wind turbines bring electricity where it's needed
Altaeros Energies' research into advanced materials enables new heights for wind energy
Released  February 3, 2015
citizen scientist with rain gauge in Rocky Mountains Crowdsourcing yields a more accurate picture of rainfall and snowfall
Citizen scientists involved with the CoCoRaHS project advance their knowledge of atmospheric science while reporting precipitation data that is used by the National Weather Service and other agencies
Released  January 15, 2015
women with their hands together Addressing the shortage of women in technology
National Center for Women & Information Technology connects universities, companies, nonprofits, and government organizations to increase women’s participation in computing and technology
Released  December 12, 2014
students and professor with robot and a computer CompuGirls: Young women have role to play in technology field
Latest focus of project is creating humanoid robots
Released  December 12, 2014
ipad showing two student characters Helping students thrive in a digital world
Dual-enrollment computer science classes in Texas provide an on-ramp to STEM careers
Released  December 11, 2014
student and teacher A new approach to creating a computing curriculum
Innovative, NSF-funded project brings together teachers and researchers to rethink computer science education
Released  December 10, 2014
students and participants at Mobile Apps Expo at Trinity College App-ealing to students through app development
Team led by Trinity College professor develops computer science course that inspires students through mobile application development
Released  December 10, 2014
A humanoid robot from MIT lab A day in the life of Robotina
What might daily life be like for a research robot that's training to work closely with humans?
Released  November 20, 2014
students at computer Cybersecurity: It's about way more than countering hackers
Growing professionals in cybersecurity means supporting an interdisciplinary approach that develops sophisticated thinkers
Released  October 30, 2014
Jaquelin Erazo Making stars
Astronomy program provides tools, support to enhance diversity
Released  October 7, 2014
Researchers study plants in a greenhouse. Building the framework for the future of biofuels
Do plant-based fuels offer a realistic reprieve from a fossil-powered future? An ASU engineer examines the full cycle
Released  September 24, 2014
James Hewlett holds a black bear cub Community college project gets students on the STEM path
Undergraduates get involved in research activities as part of teaching mission
Released  September 24, 2014
Photo of dried kenaf, a plant similar to bamboo Plant-based building materials may boost energy savings
Insulation for homes of the future may be harvested from fields of kenaf, an alternative to fiberglass
Released  September 23, 2014
People stand in a food bank storage area. Engineering a better food bank
Key nodes in a vast national food distribution system, food banks manage complex logistics that help connect families to farms
Released  September 22, 2014
 Sunghee Lee and three students in her lab The right chemistry
NSF-funded researcher mixes mentoring and materials science
Released  September 17, 2014
male scientist at work Labor Day Q&A: Opportunities in STEM
Preparation in science, technology, engineering and mathematics offers broad range of career pathways
Released  August 29, 2014
Children taking a test. Harvard University psychologists seek to unlock secrets of children's complex thinking
Study aims to uncover processes that help improve theoretical knowledge
Released  August 14, 2014
Student in science class with balance. Unlocking the secrets of children's complex thinking: The studies
Researchers question how executive function influences the process of learning
Released  August 14, 2014
image of protein strcuture and text photo gallery Computing a cure for HIV
Nine ways NSF-supported supercomputers help scientists understand and treat the disease
Released  June 26, 2014
children assembling test circuits Engineering for all
The "maker movement" shines a spotlight on DIY design and manufacturing
Released  June 17, 2014
Children in a Sea Perch team with a remotely operated vehicle. Competitions inspire STEM learning through innovative project
Engineering challenges engage middle-school students in designing, testing and building – and it happens after school and on Saturdays
Released  June 3, 2014
 Kate Devlin and Tom Devlin,  NSF GRFs. It's a family affair
Sixty years later, Graduate Research Fellowship recipient's granddaughter receives prestigious NSF fellowship
Released  May 27, 2014
Slide collage and words Funding as Fulcrum--NSF & the I/UCRC Program Funding as fulcrum
NSF’s Industry and University Cooperative Research program pays big dividends for science and engineering
Released  May 19, 2014
Hippocampus cells Artificial brains learn to adapt
Neural networks imitate intelligence of biological brains
Released  May 15, 2014
collage of students and faculty Igniting students’ passion for science
Environmental scientists connect with community colleges and diverse communities to engage in STEM topics
Released  May 14, 2014
students at computers using Social Explorer Mapping tool used by Census Bureau has roots in NSF-funded project
Census Explorer, a new online tool that displays demographic information on maps of states, counties, and neighborhoods, is powered by Social Explorer, a data visualization tool developed by NSF-funded sociologist Andrew Beveridge
Released  March 27, 2014
At City College of San Francisco, student Daniela Cardenas prepares DNA for analysis Preparing high-tech workers, meeting needs of employers
NSF celebrates 20 years of advancing technological education
Released  December 4, 2013

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