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Education & Human Resources (EHR) 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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Rutgers-Newark graduate students  with high-school student and a ground-penetrating radar Forging the path
Geoscience program blossoms into statewide effort to broaden participation in science and engineering
Released  November 12, 2014
Students sell produce at farmers market Soil-free farming prepares next generation for Green Energy future
In a cramped city, growing a garden is a luxury. For some Boston teens, two square feet of space is all they need to grow up to 40 plants--without any soil. Boston College, with funding from NSF, is teaching teens the power of hydroponics
Released  November 6, 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
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
scientist holding a bat Science by, of and for the people
Inspiring scientists and citizens to help conserve Puerto Rico
Released  September 19, 2014
educators shooting video for virtual field trip to Grand Canyon Accomplished research scientists are also outstanding teachers of undergraduates
Of the 15 recently announced Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professors--who will receive $1 million over five years to pursue innovative ideas in the undergraduate science classroom--13 have received support from the National Science Foundation
Released  September 18, 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
Julia PArrish Citizen scientists take on problem of Pacific plastics
Citizen science group COASST attacks massive problem of ocean garbage
Released  August 11, 2014
girl taking a photo of a plant with a smart phone With 'Plum Landing,' PBS uses apps to get kids outside
Kids following the example of an animated purple alien named Plum have uploaded more than 70,000 photos and drawings of nature, says PBS
Released  August 4, 2014
physics professor with undergraduates (Really) learning physics
Sustained investment in 'peer instruction' leads to wide-scale use of innovative teaching practice in undergraduate physics education and a Minerva Prize for NSF-funded physicist Eric Mazur
Released  July 16, 2014
Young museum visitors use a paint set of acids and bases to learn about pH. Learning through making
Active tinkering can engage people of all ages in learning science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)
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
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
researcher in a lab testing a mattress for chemicals Crib mattress dangers
NSF-funded researchers discover harmful chemicals in crib mattresses
Released  April 9, 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
Children at a table in school examine seeds Hooked on STEMGenetics
Genetics curriculum blends teacher-led discussion, online learning and hands-on activities
Released  March 19, 2014
a green glowing fish Fish aglow: Hidden colors in the sea
"There's a whole light show going on down there, and people never see it."
Released  January 9, 2014
math teacher with students Honoring exemplary math and science teachers
Over 30 years, presidential awards recognize the impact of outstanding teachers
Released  December 18, 2013
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
Students prepare solutions in a  lab at Austin Community College Building it big in Texas: Community college program trains biotech workforce
A multi-faceted training program funded by the National Science Foundation prepares students from a variety of backgrounds for careers in biotechnology
Released  November 20, 2013
Laptop shwoing a cover design created by students Students practice hands-on STEM activities to define problems and determine solutions
Project encourages students to use creativity, contextualization and sophisticated equipment to make STEM courses come alive
Released  November 4, 2013
Photo of students exploring a pond ecosystem with mobile phones. Nature field trips go digital
Harvard researchers tame the next learning frontier with mobile phones, environmental probes and virtual reality
Released  August 29, 2013
Robotic structure under water Underwater robotics competition helps students build skills for ocean occupations
Annual competition, sponsored by the Marine Advanced Technological Education Center, gives competitors a taste of the real-life capabilities needed to maintain an ocean observing system
Released  August 23, 2013
Math coach working with students In Nebraska, university and school districts build formula for better math education
Support from local foundations spurs growth at an innovative NSF-funded partnership working to close the math achievement gap
Released  August 2, 2013
Shari Stockero Studying and Improving Teacher Education Experiences
Researcher hopes to incorporate her findings into teacher education coursework, initially in mathematics instruction
Released  July 31, 2013
Karen Oberhauser with children observing a flowering plant White House Honors Four Leaders of NSF-Funded Citizen Science Groups Studying Ecology
"Champions of Change" recognized for engaging non-scientists in research
Released  June 25, 2013
President Obama tours a classroom at Manor New Technology High School in Manor, Texas Designs on the Future of High-school Engineering: UTeachEngineering
What started as a teacher training program morphed into a year-long, high school engineering course and multiple professional development opportunities
Released  June 21, 2013
students with 3-D printer Fabricating the Future: 3-D Printing Molds New K-12 STEM Model
Unique lab school uses engineering design to teach scientific concepts
Released  April 26, 2013

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