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Research on Learning in Formal and Informal Settings (DRL) Discoveries

NSF's public investment in science, engineering, education and technology helps to create knowledge and sustain prosperity. Read here about the Internet, microbursts, Web browsers, extrasolar planets, and more... a panoply of discoveries and innovations that began with NSF support.

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educators shooting video for virtual field trip to Grand Canyon Accomplished research scientists are also outstanding teachers of undergraduates
Of the 15 recently announced Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professors--who will receive $1 million over five years to pursue innovative ideas in the undergraduate science classroom--13 have received support from the National Science Foundation
Released  September 18, 2014
Children taking a test. Harvard University psychologists seek to unlock secrets of children's complex thinking
Study aims to uncover processes that help improve theoretical knowledge
Released  August 14, 2014
Student in science class with balance. Unlocking the secrets of children's complex thinking: The studies
Researchers question how executive function influences the process of learning
Released  August 14, 2014
Julia PArrish Citizen scientists take on problem of Pacific plastics
Citizen science group COASST attacks massive problem of ocean garbage
Released  August 11, 2014
girl taking a photo of a plant with a smart phone With 'Plum Landing,' PBS uses apps to get kids outside
Kids following the example of an animated purple alien named Plum have uploaded more than 70,000 photos and drawings of nature, says PBS
Released  August 4, 2014
Young museum visitors use a paint set of acids and bases to learn about pH. Learning through making
Active tinkering can engage people of all ages in learning science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)
Released  June 17, 2014
Children in a Sea Perch team with a remotely operated vehicle. Competitions inspire STEM learning through innovative project
Engineering challenges engage middle-school students in designing, testing and building – and it happens after school and on Saturdays
Released  June 3, 2014
Children at a table in school examine seeds Hooked on STEMGenetics
Genetics curriculum blends teacher-led discussion, online learning and hands-on activities
Released  March 19, 2014
a green glowing fish Fish aglow: Hidden colors in the sea
"There's a whole light show going on down there, and people never see it."
Released  January 9, 2014
Laptop shwoing a cover design created by students Students practice hands-on STEM activities to define problems and determine solutions
Project encourages students to use creativity, contextualization and sophisticated equipment to make STEM courses come alive
Released  November 4, 2013
Photo of students exploring a pond ecosystem with mobile phones. Nature field trips go digital
Harvard researchers tame the next learning frontier with mobile phones, environmental probes and virtual reality
Released  August 29, 2013
Robotic structure under water Underwater robotics competition helps students build skills for ocean occupations
Annual competition, sponsored by the Marine Advanced Technological Education Center, gives competitors a taste of the real-life capabilities needed to maintain an ocean observing system
Released  August 23, 2013
Math coach working with students In Nebraska, university and school districts build formula for better math education
Support from local foundations spurs growth at an innovative NSF-funded partnership working to close the math achievement gap
Released  August 2, 2013
Shari Stockero Studying and Improving Teacher Education Experiences
Researcher hopes to incorporate her findings into teacher education coursework, initially in mathematics instruction
Released  July 31, 2013
Karen Oberhauser with children observing a flowering plant White House Honors Four Leaders of NSF-Funded Citizen Science Groups Studying Ecology
"Champions of Change" recognized for engaging non-scientists in research
Released  June 25, 2013
President Obama tours a classroom at Manor New Technology High School in Manor, Texas Designs on the Future of High-school Engineering: UTeachEngineering
What started as a teacher training program morphed into a year-long, high school engineering course and multiple professional development opportunities
Released  June 21, 2013
students with 3-D printer Fabricating the Future: 3-D Printing Molds New K-12 STEM Model
Unique lab school uses engineering design to teach scientific concepts
Released  April 26, 2013
Photo of children studying the feet of a leopard gecko. Mission Possible: Adding Engineering to the K-12 Curriculum
Museum director's dream to teach young students engineering spurs effort to bring technological literacy to all, with support from NSF
Released  September 5, 2012
Photo of teacher John Sheridan viewing Geometer's Sketchpad on a laptop. High-School Math in the Cloud
North Carolina project strengthens students' math skills using cloud computing and videos
Released  May 31, 2012
Photo of a student observing patterns of flowering and pollinators. Novel Answer to That Perennial "Earth Day" Question: "What Can I Do to Help?"
Groups of citizen scientists are making pivotal contributions to research on the Earth, its place in the universe and other natural phenomena
Released  April 19, 2012
Photo of a girl using a computer to match shapes to build pictures. Viewing the World Through a "Mathematical Lens" Can Help Young Children Learn Math
Helping children identify and connect the mathematics ideas that they use in daily activities is crucial to learning math at an early age.
Released  February 15, 2012
Photo of a young girl using a ruler on a piece of paper. Understanding Basic Concepts in Spatial Measurement
Researchers work to help elementary school students better comprehend basic measurement skills
Released  January 31, 2012
Students use the PhET Wave Interference simulation. PhET Simulations Provide Interactive Learning Tools
The PhET project, which was founded by Nobel Laureate Carl Wieman, offers simulations where students can simulate experiments and more
Released  January 25, 2012
Photo of a teacher with two students carrying out a science experiment. "Vision and Change in Undergraduate Biology" Initiative Charts New Path for College-level Biology
Meeting the needs of the 21st Century
Released  January 24, 2012
Screenshot from the Earth Exploration Toolbook. The Earth Exploration Toolbook Wins SPORE Award
Online resource for teachers and students provides data and data analysis tools related to the Earth sciences
Released  October 3, 2011
Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears logo. Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears Covers Diverse Scientific Themes and Lessons
SPORE-award winning online magazine provides teachers with lessons about the polar regions and beyond
Released  August 31, 2011
Screenshot of the Molecular Workbench. The Molecular Workbench Wins SPORE Award
NSF-funded project wins award for being an outstanding online educational resource
Released  August 4, 2011
Interactive Zoom Gallery tool on the Ask a Biologist website. Student Questions Answered by Biologists through PlantingScience and Ask a Biologist
SPORE Award-winning projects are useful online resources for biology
Released  August 4, 2011
Photo of a young woman taking a photo for a paper prototype used to demonstrate the Forage City app. Mobile Action Lab Trains Young People to Design, Develop and Market Apps
NSF-funded Youth Radio’s Mobile Action Lab trains young people to design, develop and market apps based on community needs
Released  May 5, 2011
Photo of President Obama speaking at TechBoston Academy. President Obama Highlights Success of Technology-driven TechBoston Academy
NSF support of Boston public school promotes teacher development and student learning in science, technology, engineering and math
Released  March 30, 2011

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