This project centers on the creation and validation of a theoretically-grounded and empirically-derived Framework for professional growth and learning within the informal STEM learning (ISL) field. The Framework will be useful to ISL practitioners at any stage of their education or career by laying out the skills, knowledge, and dispositions necessary to guide professional growth.
Center researchers Dr. Julie Risien and Holly Cho are working in partnership with the University of Utah, Michigan State University, and the Institute of Learning Innovation on the STEM Ambassador Program.
Dr. Heather A. Fischer and Dr. Martin Storksdieck are leading the NESEC evaluation with help from Holly Cho. The purpose of this evaluation is to (1) Provide strategic guidance to the NESEC team on project focus and productive connection to external partners. (2) Provide support for product and program development based on conceptual and empirical evidence.
Dr. Heather Fischer and Dr. Martin Storksdieck are leading the evaluating of the L’SPACE academy. The Lucy Student Pipeline Accelerator and Competency Enabler (L’SPACE)Virtual Academy is a new student collaboration program with NASA’s Lucy Mission to Jupiter’s Trojan Asteroids.
The collaborative OTS project will develop a framework of strategies for STEM professionals to use during public engagement outreach events. The project builds on the theory of change that if scientists have training and access to the right resources then they will gain confidence and an understanding of how to flexibly engage with their audience. This two-phase study will work with scientists to create effective strategies that are field-tested across a variety of activity types, leading the project towards a validated OTS model for scientists.
With evaluation from the Center, the STEM Beyond School program looks to expand STEM opportunities and student STEM interest, motivation and enthusiasm in STEM-related activities and careers among historically-underserved students in grades 3-8 by supporting high-quality out-of-school STEM programming, professional development and a statewide network for community-based out-of-school-time providers.
The ARIS Center is a collaboration between 12 universities launched in September 2018 with an award from the National Science Foundation (OIA 1810732) and a mission to Advance Research Impacts in Society through four initiatives: building capacity; advancing scholarship; growing partnerships; and curating resources. Dr.
STEM Hubs are regionally-focused, multi-sector partnerships that unite schools, universities, non-profits, businesses, civic leaders and other members of communities in so-called local STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) learning ecosystems.