Conference to Highlight Innovative Undergraduate Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education
ARLINGTON, Va.—More than 400 educators -- from small community colleges such as Itasca Community College in Grand Rapids, Minn. to academic powerhouses such as Harvard University -- will participate in a three-day conference showcasing innovations in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) that are revolutionizing how students learn.
The conference, sponsored by the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Division of Undergraduate Education (DUE) in collaboration with the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), will be held April 16-18 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Crystal City, Va.
NSF is an independent federal agency that supports fundamental research and education across all fields of science and engineering, with an annual budget of nearly $5.58 billion. NSF funds reach all 50 states through grants to nearly 2,000 universities and institutions.
The conference will highlight innovative programs developed as part of DUE'S Course, Curriculum and Laboratory Improvement (CCLI) Program. CCLI is designed to improve undergraduate STEM education through innovations in learning environments, course content, curriculums, and educational materials and practices. These programs better prepare students to meet increasingly technological needs of the workforce, the K-12 classroom, graduate and professional schools, and to participate as citizens in our increasingly technological society.
In the five years since its inception, CCLI has funded approximately 1750 projects at a diverse group of nearly 600 institutions, including community colleges, liberal-arts colleges, and major research universities. With a total budget of $240 million over this five-year period, the CCLI program has involved over 1.4 million undergraduate students and over 25,000 faculty members.
The conference will focus on four overarching themes in educational innovation: invention, adaptation, assessment, and impact and will feature a variety of venues, including:
For more information about CCLI, see: http://www.ehr.nsf.gov/ehr/DUE/programs/ccli/
The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency that supports fundamental research and education across all fields of science and engineering. In fiscal year (FY) 2016, its budget is $7.5 billion. NSF funds reach all 50 states through grants to nearly 2,000 colleges, universities and other institutions. Each year, NSF receives more than 48,000 competitive proposals for funding and makes about 12,000 new funding awards. NSF also awards about $626 million in professional and service contracts yearly.
Useful NSF Web Sites: