Fellows Present STEM Research at NSF

Almost 200 GK12 Fellows submitted abstracts about their STEM research for presentation at the National Science Foundation.  Of that number 32 Fellows were chosen to present on March 16 by a committee of program staff from NSF and AAAS.  In the abstracts, Fellows described their STEM research and how they integrated aspects of it into K-12 classrooms, schools, or out-of-school settings.  You’re invited to attend the poster session on Friday, March 16 from Noon to 1:30pm in the Atrium at the National Science Foundation in Arlington, VA.

Read the abstracts. [PDF]

Posted on December 7, 2011

Submit a Workshop Proposal for 2012 GK-12 Conference

Projects are invited to submit proposals for workshops to be presented on Saturday and Sunday, March 17-18, 2011.  Workshops should focus on activities that were vital to the success of your project and that represent “promising practices.”  Could these “winning” strategies be adapted by other GK-12 projects as well as other efforts that seek to engage graduate students in schools and K-12 students in STEM?  The target areas listed in the application are suggestive only.  If you have an idea other than those shown, please propose it.  The deadline for submitting workshop proposals is January 30, 2012 with notification on or before February 6, 2012.

Submit your workshop proposal.

Posted on December 7, 2011

Burroughs Wellcome Fund Announces Collaborative Research Travel Grants

This program provides up to $15,000 in support for researchers from degree-granting institutions to travel either domestically or internationally to a laboratory to acquire a new research technique, to facilitate a collaboration, or to attend a laboratory/lecture course.  Applicants must hold a Ph.D. or be currently studying in a Ph.D. program in mathematics, physics, chemistry, computer science, statistics, or engineering and interested in investigating research opportunities in the biological sciences.  Biologists interested in working with physical scientists, mathematicians, engineers, chemists, statisticians, or computer scientists to incorporate their ideas and approaches to answering biological questions are eligible.  Apply by December 1, 2011.

See information and online application.


Posted on September 28, 2011

NYU-Poly GK-12 Reports on Mechatronics Mania in IEEE Magazine

Fellows N. Abaid and C. Yuvienco and PIs V. Kapila and M. Iskander describe Mechatronics Mania in the October 2011 issue of IEEE Control Systems Magazine.  The NYU-Poly team presented this informal learning exhibit at the inaugural USA Science and Engineering Festival Expo held in Washington, DC in October 2010.  In the article, they report on the formulation and components of the projects in the exhibit, the reflections of participating fellows and teachers, and the results of a survey of visitors that included demographic information, interest in STEM, and knowledge of mechatronics gained from interactions at the exhibit.

Read Mechatronics Mania at the Inaugural USA Science and Engineering Festival from IEEE Control Systems Magazine, October 2011.

Posted on September 27, 2011

Boston U GLACIER Fellows Seek Presenters for Poster Session at AAG Meeting

GLACIER Fellows have organized a poster session, “Geospatial Technologies in the K‑12 Classroom,” for the Association of American Geographers (AAG) Annual Meeting, in New York City on February 24‑28, 2012. The session will highlight how geospatial data and tools used in higher education and scientific research can be incorporated into K-12 curricula.  Topics include uses of GIS and remote sensing data, Google Earth functionality and layers, and GPS.  Current and alumni Fellows are invited to join the BU Fellows at this session.

Interested?  Contact Valerie Pasquarella, valpasq@bu.edu, for information on registration and abstract submission.  Abstract deadline is September 28, 2011.

Posted on September 13, 2011

Stevens Institute of Technology Highlights GK-12 Fellows’ Research

Fellows Milan Begliarbekov and Jon Belkowitz have been recognized for their research studies as well as their work with high school teachers in the greater Hoboken area to develop standards-based teaching modules.  Begliarbekov has published two papers on his ground-breaking research of graphene.  Belkowitz is doing research into the optimal use of nanosilica to create a new concrete mixture.

Read about Fellows Begliarbekov and Belkowitz.

Posted on September 13, 2011

Study Says Grad Students’ Teaching Experiences Improve Research Skills

An article in the August 19 issue of SCIENCE describes a study whose results showed that graduate students who both taught and conducted research demonstrate significantly greater improvement in their abilities to generate testable hypotheses and design valid experiments. The authors believe that these results indicate that teaching experience can contribute substantially to the improvement of essential research skills.

Read the SCIENCE article.  [pdf]

Posted on September 7, 2011

2012 Meeting for Projects – March 16-18

The annual meeting for GK-12 projects will be held on March 16-18, 2012 in Washington, DC at the Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill.  All members of GK-12 projects are invited to attend.  Single and double rates at the Hyatt are $194 plus tax.  You can now reserve a room using the Passkey online system.

The deadline for reserving a room is February 16, 2012.

Posted on August 15, 2011

Taking GK-12 to the Next Level – Avoiding a Setback to STEM

In the editorial in the July 15 issue of the journal Science, GK-12 PIs Richard Boone (University of Alaska) and Pat Marsteller (Emory University) discuss the many benefits of GK-12 and the possibilities that this exemplary program holds for the future of STEM.  They suggest an “enhanced” Gk-12 program that maintains the partnerships and infrastructure developed by NSF funding, but also that fosters collaborations with other federal agencies that support graduate student stipends.

Read the editorial.  [SCIENCE, Vol 333, July 15, 2011]

Posted on July 15, 2011

Boston U Teaches 8th Graders About Climate Change

Fellows participating in the GLACIER project at Boston University (BU) brought their eighth grade students to campus for a climate change field trip.  The middle-grade students spent the day involved in a range of activities designed to draw attention to global climate change.  They assembled radiometers so they could measure the irradiance on the roof of the Arts & Sciences building, saw ice from a core millions of years old, and used an ASD spectrometer on the BU beach.

Read about climate change field trip. [PDF, BU Today]

Posted on July 13, 2011