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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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screenshot from the game Progenitor X Games for good: Learning while you play
University of Wisconsin-Madison lab creates, studies cyberlearning tools
Released  May 15, 2015
kids looking at a device Increasing ecological understanding with virtual worlds and augmented reality
Harvard researchers develop cyberlearning technologies for environmental education
Released  April 24, 2015
student working on a tablet in a classroom Classroom as virtual phenomenon
University of Illinois professor uses cyberlearning to bring scientific processes to life
Released  April 17, 2015
two girls with crayons, a robot and cubes Teaching tykes to program robots
Tufts University researcher creates cyberlearning tools for young children
Released  April 10, 2015
Students during graduation ceremony at Navajo Technical University NSF named a "Top 50 STEM Workplace" for Native Americans by AISES
American Indian Science and Engineering Society recognizes NSF's support of tribal colleges and universities
Released  April 3, 2015
four 6th-graders in science class Engaging science for everyone
Reflections from science education pioneer Herb Thier on the value of inquiry-based learning
Released  March 24, 2015
Generic Discovery Image Are you a math person?
Talk to education researcher Jere Confrey and you realize that's not really the right question. Everyone can find a way in to mathematics
Released  March 13, 2015
Nadkarni explains tree biology to medium security inmates at the Stafford Creek Corrections Center. Canopy researcher goes out on a (tree) limb to promote public understanding of science
"Treetop Barbie" is among the bold, inventive tools developed by researcher to reach varied audiences
Released  March 12, 2015
student and teacher working at a  computer The Beauty and Joy of Computing in the Big Apple
NSF helps bring successful CS education program from UC Berkeley to New York City public schools
Released  March 11, 2015
citizen scientist with rain gauge in Rocky Mountains Crowdsourcing yields a more accurate picture of rainfall and snowfall
Citizen scientists involved with the CoCoRaHS project advance their knowledge of atmospheric science while reporting precipitation data that is used by the National Weather Service and other agencies
Released  January 15, 2015
students and professor with robot and a computer CompuGirls: Young women have role to play in technology field
Latest focus of project is creating humanoid robots
Released  December 12, 2014
Jan Cuny Computer Science Education Week: Expert voices on the value of CS
We asked leading researchers from academia, government and industry to share with us their thoughts about the importance of computer science education
Released  December 12, 2014
ipad showing two student characters Helping students thrive in a digital world
Dual-enrollment computer science classes in Texas provide an on-ramp to STEM careers
Released  December 11, 2014
Students sell produce at farmers market Soil-free farming prepares next generation for Green Energy future
In a cramped city, growing a garden is a luxury. For some Boston teens, two square feet of space is all they need to grow up to 40 plants--without any soil. Boston College, with funding from NSF, is teaching teens the power of hydroponics
Released  November 6, 2014
scientist holding a bat Science by, of and for the people
Inspiring scientists and citizens to help conserve Puerto Rico
Released  September 19, 2014
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

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