Archives of Past Meetings and Events


GK-12 Annual Meeting

March 16-18, 2012
Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill
400 New Jersey Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 737-1234

The 2012 GK-12 annual meeting was a great success.  More than 600 people attended, including almost 300 graduate students and 150 teachers.

Two awards were presented at the meeting:

  • Outstanding Project Media Award to the University of Wyoming Science Posse and the University of Connecticut School of Engineering Ingenuity Incubators.
  • Outstanding Project Website Award to Michigan Technology University GlobalWatershed and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Triple Helix.


An updated agenda is now available.  Scroll down to find descriptions of the workshops.

Project Poster Session at the Hyatt Regency Hotel

Two project poster sessions were held at the meeting on Saturday, March 17.

Read the Project Poster Abstracts.

Graduate Fellows STEM Research Poster Session at NSF

32 GK12 Fellows were selected to present abstracts about their STEM research on Friday, March 16, from Noon to 1:30pm in the Atrium at the National Science Foundation, located at 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA.

Read the research abstracts.

Workshops at the GK-12 Meeting

More than 30 workshops were presented at the meeting in addition to a lesson/kit sharing session on Saturday afternoon.

Group I Workshops – 8:30am-9:45am, March 17

Group II Workshops – 11:15am-12:30pm, March 17

Group III Workshops – 9:30am-10:45am, March 18

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GK-12 Annual Meeting

March 11-13, 2011
Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill
400 New Jersey Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20001

Thanks to the almost 700 GK-12 project team members who attended the meeting and shared their knowledge, enthusiasm, and strong support for the GK-12 program.

Conference Agenda
Project Poster Abstracts
Graduate Student STEM Research Abstracts


GK-12 Special Focus Meeting for Evaluators and Project Managers

December 1-3, 2010

Washington Plaza Hotel
10 Thomas Circle, NW
Washington, DC 20005

View the Agenda.

NSF GK-12 Special Focus Meeting
The Role of Graduate STEM Fellows in K-12 Education
February 18-19, 2010
San Diego Convention Center
San Diego, CA

This meeting was held in conjunction with the AAAS 2010 Annual Meeting.

View the Agenda.

AAAS Annual Meeting
Bridging Science and Society
February 18-22, 2010
San Diego, CA

The relevance of science, technology, and engineering as well as scientific literacy to the well-being of society is more profound than ever. The theme of the 2010 AAAS Annual Meeting—Bridging Science and Society—calls on every scientist and engineer to make their work both beneficial and understandable, and on society to discover again the excitement and hope that research and its findings offer. It is a call to action that resonates around the world.



GK-12 Annual Meeting – Celebrating 10 Years
March 27-29, 2009
Renaissance Hotel
999 Ninth Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001

All members of GK-12 project teams (PIs and CoPIs, graduate fellows, K-12 educators, project managers, evaluators, graduate research advisors, university and school administrators, and others) were welcome to attend.

AAAS Annual Meeting
Our Planet and Its Life: Origins and Futures
February 12-16, 2009
Each year at the AAAS Annual Meeting, science and technology professionals across disciplines and from around the world gather to discuss new research, emerging trends, and exciting new possibilities. The AAAS poster sessions provide the opportunity for individuals to present their research and offer an excellent venue for extended informal discussion with meeting attendees.



GK-12 Regional Conference
November 7-8, 2008
Purdue University
Purdue hosted a GK-12 Regional Conference on November 7-8, 2008. NSF fellows, teachers, evaluators, and program staff were invited to share best practices; present talks and posters on their graduate research; discuss models for GK-12 program sustainability and institutionalization; and network with other GK-12 participants.

For more information: Visit the 2008 Conference website.

Evaluation 2008: Evaluation Policy and Evaluation Practice
Session: Evaluating Math and Science Instruction
Presentation: The Impact of a National Science Foundation-Funded GK-12 Inquiry-Based Science Program: Three Years Out and Beyond
November 7, 2008
Hyatt Regency at Colorado Convention Center
Denver, CO

This presentation describes the methods, collaborative approach, and key findings of a 3-year formative evaluation of an NSF-funded university-schools partnership dedicated to encouraging scientific inquiry in high school classrooms through pairing university graduate STEM fellows with high school teachers and classrooms. The initiative aimed to increase the ability of graduate students to communicate effectively about science and research beyond the university setting and to provide the opportunity for fellows to bring their cutting-edge research and practice into the high school classroom to stimulate student interest in and engagement with the sciences and promote inquiry-based learning practices among teachers. The presentation examines the application of inquiry-based science in the classroom, highlighting the impact of the program on students, teachers, and graduate fellows—particularly the on-going impact of the initiative on teachers’ professional growth and teaching approach after the conclusion of program.

For more information: Visit the 2008 Conference website.

Evaluation 2008: Evaluation Policy and Evaluation Practice
Session: A Demonstration of Using High Technical Standards in Direct Observation: The Protocol for Assessing GK-12 Graduate Teaching Fellows’ Presentation Skills

This session demonstrates the ‘Protocol for Assessing GK-12 Graduate Teaching Fellows’ Presentation Skills’ that assesses the presentation skills of scientists and other technical professionals while maintaining the American Evaluation Association’s Guiding Principle on Systemic Inquiry. It addresses three key technical standards for direct observation as a qualitative evaluation method: the importance of objectively defining what are we looking for, how we know it when we see it, and how we capture it accurately. The session will demonstrate the protocol including an introduction to 11 criteria for effective presentations drawn from the literature, a rubric for assessing these criteria, and a process for recording and summarizing performance. Participants will use the protocol in observing and assessing two scientists’ presentations, discuss their assessments, and consider how to use the protocol in their own practice. Participants will be invited to use the protocol and provide feedback to the developers.

For more information: Visit the 2008 Conference website.

October 24-25, 2008
Colorado Convention Center
STEMapalooza is a 2-day event that is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. It features exhibitors from around the state of Colorado that support STEM programs for students and educators and employ hundreds of thousands of jobs in STEM related careers. The goal of STEMapalooza is to bring industry, educational institutions and organizations together to:

* Create urgency and enthusiasm about the need for continuous and rigorous STEM education focused on the needs of the economy
* Develop awareness of opportunities in STEM education in Colorado
* Engage policy makers and the media in the STEM conversation
* Develop networks and partnerships among STEM providers
* Connect employers and job seekers with the thousands of available jobs/internships/externships that utilize STEM education and skills
* Highlight successes and generate a forum for sharing STEM practices across stakeholder groups
* Take responsibility for improving competitiveness in the international arena of STEM education

Visit the STEMapalooza website.

AAAS Annual Meeting
February 14-18, 2008
Boston, MA

The 2008 AAAS Annual Meeting, Science and Technology from a Global Perspective, emphasized the power of science and technology as well as education to assist less-developed segments of the world society, to improve partnerships among already-developed countries, and to spur knowledge-driven transformations across a host of fields.

The Forum for School Science, a regular event at the AAAS meeting, centered on the GK-12 program. “Programs that Create a New Science Professional: The Ph.D. as Public Educator” Through a series of panels and a poster session, the Forum:

* described the GK-12 collaborations/partnerships;
* provided steps for developing and sustaining these partnerships;
* examined the value added for the institutions and the individuals involved; and
* offered data and analyses from projects and outside evaluators on the effectiveness of the program and the impact on graduate students, teachers, the universities, and the school systems.

8th Annual NSF GK-12 Meeting
February 29 – March 2, 2008
Renaissance Hotel
999 Ninth Street, NW,
Washington, DC 20001
ph (202) 898-9000

More than 500 people attended. They represented 104 projects from 42 states and Puerto Rico. You can view the following information from the 2007 meeting:

Agenda: View 2008 Agenda with links to presentations.

Communicating Science and Mathematics: GK-12 Teacher Professional Development Workshops
May 21, 2008
New Jersey’s Science and Technology University (NJIT)

A FREE day-long series of hands-on activities, demonstrations, workshops and discussions led by teachers, graduate students and staff engaged in National Science Foundation education programs from around the NY-NJ metro area. Workshop audience: Science and Math Teachers, grades 6-12.

Visit the Communicating Science and Mathematics website.


7th Annual NSF GK-12 Meeting
March 9-11, 2007
Renaissance Hotel
999 Ninth Street, NW,
Washington, DC 20001
ph (202) 898-9000

More than 500 people attended. They represented 104 projects from 42 states and Puerto Rico. You can view the following information from the 2007 meeting:

Abstracts of Graduate Student Posters (presented at NSF): View abstracts
Abstracts of Project Team Members: View abstracts
Agenda: View 2007 Agenda
Iron Scientist Video: View video, hosted on GO GK-12 website
List of Participants: Download PDF

Communicating Science to Broader Audiences
April 12-13, 2007
The Champions Club
University of Nebraska at Lincoln (UNL), Lincoln, NE

Information Contact: Verona Skomski | |
2007 Conference Brochure: Download PDF

For scientists and writers interested in raising awareness of and knowledge about science outside the scientific community. Institutions are encouraged to send teams that include a scientist, mathematician and/or engineer, and a science/math/engineering communicator. This conference is organized by the University of Nebraska’s Materials, Research Science and Engineering Center and College of Journalism and Mass Communication.

Science Olympiad Coaches Conference
October 5-6, 2007
Lowell High School
San Francisco, CA

October 19-20
Howard Middle School
Orlando, FL

At the Conference, coaches for the Science Olympiad learned how to prepare students for the competition and incorporate the events into curriculum to satisfy state and national science standards. The Coaches Conferences are open to all — teachers, parents and students.

Both locations featured presenters from the Centers for Disease Control, the National Coaches Clinics in Phoenix, organizers of the National Science Olympiad competition in Washington, D.C., and members of the Science Olympiad national rules committee.
Visit the Florida Science Olympiad website.

2007 Southwest Regional GK-12 Meeting
November 9-10, 2007
Texas A&M University
College Station, TX

Third International Conference on Engineering Education:
“Instructional Technology, Assessment, and E-Learning” (EIAE 2007)
December 3-12, 2007
Virtual Forum
Technically Co-Sponsored by:
Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and
University of Bridgeport

EIAE 2007 provided a virtual forum for presentation and discussion of state-of-the-art research on engineering education, instructional technology, assessment, and e-learning. It is one of the sub-conferences in the CISSE (Computer, Information and Systems Sciences, and Engineering) series of international joint e-conferences that were completely conducted online in real-time via the internet.

This virtual conference was conducted through the Internet using we-conferencing tools, made available by the conference. Conference participants — authors, presenters, and attendees — only need an Internet connection and sound on their computers in order to participate. Topics for the conference include: (1) Instructional Design, (2) Accreditation, (3) Curriculum Design, (4) Educational Tools, (5) 2-2-2 Platforms, (6) Teaching Capstone Design, (7) Teaching Design at the Lower Levels, (8) Design and Development of e-Learning Tools, (9) Assessment Methods in Engineering, (10) Development and Implementation of e-Learning Tools, (11) Ethics in Education, and (12) Economical and Social Impacts of e-Learning.

2007 Conference website:

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Fall Seminar Series Highlights Innovative Engineering Education
September – December, 2006
Center for Engineering Education Outreach,
Curtis Hall, Tufts University, 474 Boston Ave., Medford MA

Registration Fees: Free
Information Contact: Kevin Staszowski ||

Seminars scheduled at 3:30-4:30 p.m. on the following dates:

October 2: MFPYB: Picking a Winner
Stephan Turnipseed, Pitsco LEGO Educational Division

October 16: Active Physics Approach
Arthur Eisenkraft, U of Massachusetts

October 30: Design Squad — Engineering Programming for PBS Kids
David Wallace, MIT

November 6: Teach Engineering.Com, Resources for K-12 Educators
Malinda Zarske, U of Colorado

November 20: Technological Literacy at the Boston Museum
Yvonne Spicer, Boston Museum of Science

November 27: Finding Results in the NSF Research Data
Paul Horwitz, Concord Consortium

December 4: Do Skills/Knowledge Acquired in Arts Transfer to Engineering?
Ellen Winner, Boston College