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Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers  (ITEST)


STEM Learning and Research Center

The STEM Learning and Research (STELAR) Center builds capacity and magnifies the results of ITEST projects to deepen the impact of the ITEST program. To learn more about STELAR, the ITEST program, and current and past ITEST projects, please visit http://stelar.edc.org/.


CONTACTS
Name Email Phone Room
Address general questions  to DRLITEST@nsf.gov (703) 292-8628   
David  L. Haury dhaury@nsf.gov (703) 292-5102   
Amy  L. Baylor abaylor@nsf.gov (703) 292-5126   
David  B. Campbell dcampbel@nsf.gov (703) 292-5093   
Julia  V. Clark jclark@nsf.gov (703) 292-5119   
Michael  Ford miford@nsf.gov (703) 292-5153   
Margret  A. Hjalmarson mhjalmar@nsf.gov (703) 292-4313   
Julie  I. Johnson jjohnson@nsf.gov (703) 292-8624   
Rebecca  Kruse rkruse@nsf.gov (703) 292-4211   
Julio  E. Lopez-Ferrao jlopezfe@nsf.gov (703) 292-5183   
Celestine  H. Pea cpea@nsf.gov (703) 292-5186   
Joseph  Reed jreed@nsf.gov (703) 292-5187   
Ann  E. Rivet arivet@nsf.gov (703) 292-4764   
Monya  A. Ruffin mruffin@nsf.gov (703) 292-4635   
Robert  Russell rlrussel@nsf.gov (703) 292-2995   
Chia  Shen cshen@nsf.gov (703) 292-8447   


PROGRAM GUIDELINES

Solicitation  17-565

Important Information for Proposers

ATTENTION: Proposers using the Collaborators and Other Affiliations template for more than 10 senior project personnel will encounter proposal print preview issues. Please see the Collaborators and Other Affiliations Information website for updated guidance.

A revised version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 18-1), is effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after January 29, 2018. Please be advised that, depending on the specified due date, the guidelines contained in NSF 18-1 may apply to proposals submitted in response to this funding opportunity.


DUE DATES

Full Proposal Deadline Date

    August 8, 2018

    Second Wednesday in August, Annually Thereafter


SYNOPSIS

As the nation continues to expand the horizon of opportunities and possibilities through advances in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), the need for a more diverse and well-prepared STEM workforce is also expanding [1].  The challenge of preparing citizens for the expanding workforce and the changing workplace environments calls for new innovations in STEM education [2].  ITEST is a research and development program that supports projects to promote PreK-12 student interests and capacities to participate in the STEM and information and communications technology (ICT) workforce of the future. The ITEST program supports research on the design, development, implementation, and selective spread of innovative strategies for engaging students in technology-rich experiences that: (1) increase student awareness of STEM occupations; (2) motivate students to pursue appropriate education pathways to STEM occupations; or (3) develop disciplinary-based knowledge and practices, or promote critical thinking, reasoning skills, or communication skills needed for entering STEM workforce sectors.  ITEST projects may adopt an interdisciplinary focus that includes multiple STEM disciplines, focus on a single discipline, or focus on one or more sub-disciplines.  The ITEST program supports projects that provide evidence for factors, instructional designs, and practices in formal and informal learning environments that broaden participation of students from underrepresented groups in STEM fields and related education and workforce domains. Projects that actively engage business and industry partners to better ensure that PreK-12 experiences foster the knowledge and skill-sets needed for emerging STEM occupations are strongly encouraged.

 References:

 [1] National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. (2016). Developing a National STEM Workforce Strategy: A Workshop Summary. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press.

 [2] National Research Council. (2012). Education for Life and Work: Developing Transferable Knowledge and Skills in the 21st Century. Committee on Defining Deeper Learning and 21st Century Skills, J.W. Pellegrino and M.L. Hilton, Editors. Board on Testing and Assessment and Board on Science Education, Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press.

 


EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITY

This program provides educational opportunities for  K-12 Educators . This program provides indirect funding for students at this level or focuses on educational developments for this group such as curricula development, training or retention. To inquire about possible funding opportunities not directly from NSF, please look at the active awards for this program.


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What Has Been Funded (Recent Awards Made Through This Program, with Abstracts)

Map of Recent Awards Made Through This Program

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