Our STEM Teaching and Learning research investigates how teaching and learning practices, tools, and media impact learner outcomes and experiences.

The Center's current STEM Teaching and Learning projects are listed below. You can also read about our completed STEM Teaching and Learning projects.

The Circuit: A Platform for Increasing Access to, Deepening and Researching Patterns of Family and Adult Participation in Informal Science (2019-2023)

Led by director Dr. Martin Storksdieck, Center researchers Dr. Heather Fischer and Kimberley Preston are collaborating with several partners to research and develop the Circuit, a mobile phone and web-based application designed to empower families and the general public to discover the full spectrum of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) informal learning opportunities available in most communities. Currently, there are no “one-stop” search platforms for these resources.

Developing Integrative Manufacturing and Production Engineering Curricula That Leverage Data Science (IMPEL) (2019-2022)

Center researchers Dr. Martin Storksdieck, Dr. Heather Fischer, and Kimberley Preston are collaborating with a team of researchers from Northeastern University awarded a $2 million grant by the National Science Foundation to design, develop, and deploy sustainable online courses and curricula that bridge the data science skills gap of the current production engineering workforce.

On-the-Spot Assessment to Improve Scientist Engagement with the Public (OTS) (2018-2022)

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.

Gulf of Maine Research Institute LabVenture (2018-2022)

The research team from the STEM Research Center at Oregon State University (Martin Storksdieck, Kelly Riedinger, Kimberley Preston and Brianna Keys), in collaboration with researchers from TERC, will partner with the Gulf of Maine Research Institute on research in service to practice project funded by NSF’s Advancing Informal STEM Lear

Research and Development on Understanding STEM Identity Using Live Experiences (2017-2020)

In collaboration with the Pratt Institute and Guerilla Science, the Center's Martin Storksdieck, Kari O'Connell, and Brianna Keys are exploring how audiences with little or no affinity for science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) can become more engaged with STEM ideas through live, immersive experiences.

Explorer at Large Pilot Implementation (2017-2020)

In this study led by Drs. Kelly Riedinger and Martin Storksdieck with assistance from Kim Preston and Victoria Bonebrake, the STEM Research Center is a research and evaluation partner with Little Yud Ventures and the PAST Foundation on the Explorer at Large (XAL) pilot program in Ohio.

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