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News Release 17-045

Video showcase returns, spotlighting 155 NSF-funded STEM education projects

Short films feature research designed to produce educational impact

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Online event gives STEM researchers the chance to communicate their work to the public.


May 17, 2017

This week, STEM for All Video Showcase returns for its third year of highlighting innovative federally funded research that improves education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields.

From May 15-22, the showcase, supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF), provides researchers the opportunity to feature their work in three-minute videos they created and posted to the STEM for All website. Visitors to the site can participate in online discussions with the researchers and vote for their favorites through Twitter and Facebook.

This year's showcase, called "Research and Design for Impact," features 171 STEM education initiatives -- 155 funded by NSF and 16 funded by other federal agencies.

Featured STEM education topics include neuron reconstruction, city-scale learning ecologies, rogue nanoparticles and more.

"The power of the showcase is that thousands of educators and researchers have access to a very broad range of projects and [can] engage in an interactive experience," said Joni Falk, principal investigator and co-director of the Center for School Reform at TERC, a mathematics and science education nonprofit.

Educators and researchers benefit by discussing the showcase's videos, exchanging ideas and exploring the impact of the projects on STEM learning, she said.

Visitors to the showcase website can filter video presentations by grade level (kindergarten through graduate school), the submitting researcher's organization, state, topic and more.

At the end of the week-long online event, the videos receiving the most votes will be identified as "Recognized Presentations" in three categories: Public Choice, Presenters' Choice and Facilitators' Choice Recognition. Voting for Public Choice recognition is open to all visitors. Last year, 13,920 Public Choice votes were cast.

To cast a vote for Public Choice recognition, visitors can choose to tweet, share on Facebook or fill out an email ballot on the site. The Public Choice vote serves to spread word of the event through social media and spotlight NSF-funded work to a broad public audience.

More than 40,000 unique visitors from 174 countries accessed last year's STEM for All Video Showcase.

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Media Contacts
Bobbie Mixon, NSF, (703) 292-8070, email: bmixon@nsf.gov

Principal Investigators
Joni Falk, TERC Inc, email: joni_falk@terc.edu

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency that supports fundamental research and education across all fields of science and engineering. In fiscal year (FY) 2017, its budget is $7.5 billion. NSF funds reach all 50 states through grants to nearly 2,000 colleges, universities and other institutions. Each year, NSF receives more than 48,000 competitive proposals for funding and makes about 12,000 new funding awards.

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