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The STEM Learning and Research (STELAR) Center builds capacity and magnifies the results of ITEST projects to deepen the impact of the ITEST program. To learn more about STELAR, the ITEST program, and current and past ITEST projects, please visit http://stelar.edc.org/.

Address general questions to
DRLITEST@nsf.gov, (703) 292-8628

David L. Haury
dhaury@nsf.gov, (703) 292-5102

Amy L. Baylor
abaylor@nsf.gov, (703) 292-5126

David B. Campbell
dcampbel@nsf.gov, (703) 292-5093

Julia V. Clark
jclark@nsf.gov, (703) 292-5119

Michael Ford
miford@nsf.gov, (703) 292-5153

Margret A. Hjalmarson
mhjalmar@nsf.gov, (703) 292-4313

Julie I. Johnson
jjohnson@nsf.gov, (703) 292-8624

Rebecca Kruse
rkruse@nsf.gov, (703) 292-4211

Julio E. Lopez-Ferrao
jlopezfe@nsf.gov, (703) 292-5183

Celestine H. Pea
cpea@nsf.gov, (703) 292-5186

Joseph Reed
jreed@nsf.gov, (703) 292-5187

Ann E. Rivet
arivet@nsf.gov, (703) 292-4764

Monya A. Ruffin
mruffin@nsf.gov, (703) 292-4635

Robert Russell
rlrussel@nsf.gov, (703) 292-2995

Chia Shen
cshen@nsf.gov, (703) 292-8447

Solicitation 17-565

Important Information for Proposers

A revised version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 17-1), is effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after January 30, 2017. Please be advised that, depending on the specified due date, the guidelines contained in NSF 17-1 may apply to proposals submitted in response to this funding opportunity.

Full Proposal Deadline Date

    Tue Sep 05 00:00:00 EDT 2017

As the nation continues to expand the horizon of opportunities and possibilities through advances in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), the need for a more diverse and well-prepared STEM workforce is also expanding [1].  The challenge of preparing citizens for the expanding workforce and the changing workplace environments calls for new innovations in STEM education [2].  ITEST is a research and development program that supports projects to promote PreK-12 student interests and capacities to participate in the STEM and information and communications technology (ICT) workforce of the future. The ITEST program supports research on the design, development, implementation, and selective spread of innovative strategies for engaging students in technology-rich experiences that: (1) increase student awareness of STEM occupations; (2) motivate students to pursue appropriate education pathways to STEM occupations; or (3) develop disciplinary-based knowledge and practices, or promote critical thinking, reasoning skills, or communication skills needed for entering STEM workforce sectors.  ITEST projects may adopt an interdisciplinary focus that includes multiple STEM disciplines, focus on a single discipline, or focus on one or more sub-disciplines.  The ITEST program supports projects that provide evidence for factors, instructional designs, and practices in formal and informal learning environments that broaden participation of students from underrepresented groups in STEM fields and related education and workforce domains. Projects that actively engage business and industry partners to better ensure that PreK-12 experiences foster the knowledge and skill-sets needed for emerging STEM occupations are strongly encouraged.

 References:

 [1] National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. (2016). Developing a National STEM Workforce Strategy: A Workshop Summary. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press.

 [2] National Research Council. (2012). Education for Life and Work: Developing Transferable Knowledge and Skills in the 21st Century. Committee on Defining Deeper Learning and 21st Century Skills, J.W. Pellegrino and M.L. Hilton, Editors. Board on Testing and Assessment and Board on Science Education, Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press.

 

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