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.

BEETLES: Broad Implementation of a Professional Learning Model for Outdoor Science Programs (2017-2022)

The goal of the proposed BEETLES project is to improve the quality of science teaching and learning in Outdoor School Programs (OSP) nationwide with two foci:

Focus 1: To broadly implement the BEETLES professional learning model in 100 OSP nationwide that annually serve nearly one million youth from diverse backgrounds.
Focus 2:  To contribute knowledge to the field of informal science education about the features of informal science learning experiences that support meaningful outcomes for youth.

STEM Matters: Investigating the Confluence of Visitor and Institutional Agendas (2016-2020)

Led by Dr. Kelly Riedinger and Dr. Martin Storksdieck with assistance from Kimberley Preston  Victoria Bonebrake, Nicolette Canzoneri, and Kevin Keys OSU’s STEM Research Center partnered with two other research organizations, Knology (formerly New Knowledge Organization Ltd.