2009 News & Events Archive

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  • 12/03/2009 (All day)

    Middle schoolers in three Massachusetts communities are peering deep into the night skies this year, controlling robotic telescopes on their own to observe the moon, the planets, and the stars. The children are part of a unique after-school partnership between Harvard University and the communities of Cambridge, Lynn, and Fall River, Mass.

  • 12/02/2009 (All day)

    Kimberly Scott, PI of COMPUGIRLS: A Culturally Relevant Technology Program for Girls, has written a blog entry, “The New Digital Divide: Where Are Our Girls.” Dr. Scott outlines the divide that currently persists along gender, racial, and social class, and shows how COMPUGIRLS is helping to bridge this divide. Read and comment on the blog entry here: http://www.niusileadscape.org/bl/?p=404

  • 11/11/2009 (All day) - 11/14/2009 (All day)

    The ITEST program was represented in five different sessions at Evaluation 2009, the Annual Conference of the American Evaluation Associaition (AEA).

    Changing Horses Mid-Stream: Lessons Learned From Evaluator Transitions During Two Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST) Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)
    Poster Presentation on Wednesday, Nov. 11, 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM http://www.eval.org/search09/session.asp?sessionid=5000&presenterid=727

    • Ginger Fitzhugh, Evaluation & Research Associates ; Karen Manuel, Puget Sound Center for Teaching, Learning and Technology: TechREACH
    • Denice Hood, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Mary White, Arizona Grants Management: COMPUGIRLS: A Culturally Relevant Technology Program for Girls

    Building Evaluation Capacity, Learning and Use Through Communities of Practice
    Think Tank Session 635 to be held in Sebastian Section L3 on Friday, Nov 13, 4:30 to 6:00 PM


    • Beverly Parsons, InSites
    • Leslie Goodyear, National Science Foundation


    • Patricia Jessup, Independent Consultant
    • Mallary Tytel, Healthy Workplaces
    • Alyssa Na'im, Education Development Center Inc.

    Issues in Measuring Students' Interest in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Related Careers: Using Multiple Data Sources in Evaluations of National Science Foundation Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST) Programs
    Multi-paper Session on Friday, Nov 13, 4:30 PM to 6:00 PM

    • Torie Gorges, Melissa Koch, and Reina Fujii, SRI International: Build IT
    • Ginger Fitzhugh, Puget Sound Center for Teaching, Learning and Technology, TechREACH
    • Ann Howe, Independent Consultant: The SUCCEED Apprenticeship Program
    • Shannan McNair, Oakland University; Margaret Tucker and Jason Lee: Detroit Area Pre-College Engineering Program (DAPCEP)
    • Karen L. Yanowitz, Tanjay McKay, C. Ann Ross, and Staria S. Vanderpool, Arkansas State University: CSI: Creating Student Investigators

    Embedded Evaluation in Out of School Programs
    Multi-paper Session on Saturday, Nov 14, 9:15 AM to 10:45 AM

    • Phyllis Ault, Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory: Salmon Camp Research Team
    • Rachel Becker-Klein and Andrew Powers, PEER Associates: Community Science Investigators (CSI)
    • Patricia Jessup and Beverly Parsons, InSites; Tirupalavanam Ganesh, Arizona State University: Learning through Engineering Design and Practice
    • Alyssa Na'im, Education Development Center Inc: Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers Learning Resource Center (ITEST LRC)

    Evaluating Technology Integration: The ISTE Classroom Observation Tool
    Demonstration Session 832 on Saturday, Nov 14, 1:40 PM to 3:10 PM

    • Talbot Bielefeldt, International Society for Technology in Education; Katherine Hayden, California State University San Marcos, iQUEST: Investigations for Quality Understanding and Engagement for Students and Teachers
  • 10/09/2009 (All day)

    UC Davis Dateline article announcing the new STEMware ITEST project for the Partnership for Biotechnology and Genomics Education. To view the story, click the attachment below.

  • 10/08/2009 (All day)

    Moderator: Sarita Pillai, NSF ITEST Learning Resource Center, Education Development Center, Inc.

    With a focus on student/youth diversity, this webinar highlighted specific strategies, successes and challenges related to engaging these diverse learners in STEM education and the workforce.

    • What are the gender specific and/or culturally relevant strategies that nurture interest and support persistence in engagement with STEM for specific sub-populations of youth?
    • What do the career development frameworks and models look like for these sub-populations?
    • Who are the influencers of youth, within each sub-population and in general? How do we educate them about educational and career opportunities in STEM in ways that will increase access to these opportunities for all youth?

    Participants who joined this webinar to learned from ITEST projects working across the U.S., in both urban and rural communities and with youth of varying race, ethnicity, SES, English-language proficiency, and gender.

    This webinar was hosted by the NSF ITEST Learning Resource Center at Education Development Center, Inc


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  • 10/08/2009 (All day)

    Source: National Radio Astronomy Observatory - Release date: September 22, 2009
    A West Virginia high-school student analyzing data from a giant radio telescope has discovered a new astronomical object -- a strange type of neutron star called a rotating radio transient. The student, a sophomore at South Harrison High School in Clarksburg, W.Va., made the discovery while participating in a project in which students are trained to scrutinize data from the National Science Foundation's giant Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope (GBT). Read the full story at http://www.nrao.edu/pr/2009/pulsarstudent/

    White House press release: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/White-House-to-Host-Star-Party/
    Lucas Bolyard discovered a new astronomical object in the PSC data attends Astronomy Night at the White House.

    White House YouTube video of Astronomy Night: http://www.youtube.com/whitehouse#p/u/0/cE7zoFvEEw0

  • 07/20/2009 (All day)

    Closing STEM Gender Gap Through Special Programs
    To the Editor:
    We were pleased to read your thoughtful and well-researched story on gender representation in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (“Researchers Mull STEM Gender Gap,” June 17, 2009). In our work, we collaborate nationally with organizations exposing students to stem careers in order to boost the numbers of young people pursuing these fields.

    In these intensive, hands-on programs, funded by the National Science Foundation, young people ages 12 to 18 use sophisticated technology to do exciting things like explore their environment, conduct research, build programmable machines, and create media projects after school and during the summer. In urban, rural, and suburban communities, students are employing the same tools and methods used by scientists and engineers in their jobs.

    Many of our programs focus specifically on girls, addressing the issues your article identifies, especially the lack of exposure to careers in STEM fields. In Boston middle schools, for example, girls work with engineers to design, build, and program robotic assistive technologies for persons with disabilities. In Austin, Texas, 100 middle and high school girls use computer visualizations and other tools to create solutions for global warming and other real-world problems, while learning science, math, and engineering. And in coastal California, 80 Latina middle school girls build and publish Web-based digital games that imagine life in outer space.

    It is our hope that increasing exposure to STEM careers will boost the number of girls, traditionally underrepresented, in these fields. We are ensuring that young people get career information and the chance to experience the excitement of scientific experimentation and discovery. This is an important step to securing the highly skilled workforce the nation needs to innovate and compete in a global economy.

    Siobhan Bredin
    ITEST (Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers) Learning Resource Center
    Education Development Center Inc.
    Newton, Mass.

  • 07/14/2009 (All day) - 08/14/2009 (All day)

    New data show that enrollment in U.S. science and engineering (S&E) graduate programs in 2007 grew 3.3 percent over comparable data for 2006--the highest year-over-year increase since 2002 and nearly double the 1.7 percent increase seen in 2006. Science programs added the most students in absolute numbers, but engineering's percentage growth over 2006, 5.9 percent, was substantially higher than that of science, which grew by 2.4 percent. Enrollment in computer sciences programs was up ...
    More at http://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=115008&govDel=USNSF_51

  • 07/01/2009 (All day)

    This video produced by a LiveScience.org captures the impact and excitement of the Build IT Underwater Robotics Competition on June 3rd, 2009. Robots designed, built and run by Middle School and High School students compete underwater. Event hosted by the Stevens Institute of Technology, well known for its ocean-engineering programs.

  • 06/28/2009 (All day) - 07/01/2009 (All day)

    ITEST was represented at the ISTE/NECC 2009 Conference in a number of ways. The ITEST LRC helped coordinate submissions for the following sessions. (Details on the presentations are attached.)

    • Eleven ITEST projects, including the LRC, showcased their projects during the poster sessions on Tuesday, June 30, 2009.
    • A group of ITEST evaluators hosted a panel, moderated by Larry Suter, NSF Program Director, in which they discussed strategies for evaluating education technology initiatives on Wednesday July 1, 2009. Each panelist responded to the question: “What are meaningful ways to gather evaluation data to demonstrate learning from technology-based projects?” and provided examples of particular challenges and lessons learned as they relate to their ITEST projects.

    A number of other ITEST projects presented during other sessions. A searchable program of the conference is available at: http://center.uoregon.edu/ISTE/NECC2009/program/search.php.

  • 06/26/2009 (All day) - 07/01/2009 (All day)

    ITEST Program PIs and and ITEST LRC personnel participated in the recent NECC conference. To see a description of—and links to—sessions involving ITEST projects, see LRC Liaison Alyssa Na’im’s post here: http://itestlrc.edc.org/news_and_events/itest-projects-istenecc-2009

    Before the official start of NECC, LRC Principal Investigator Joyce Malyn-Smith and LRC Liaison Suzanne Reynolds-Alpert attended the TeraGrid Bridge Conference in Arlington, VA. The general topic for the day for on Computational Thinking. The LRC will be disseminating some of the great resources discovered during this one-day conference soon!

    The LRC continued to expand its social media outreach and dissemination activities in Washington, DC at NECC. ITEST Project Liaison Suzanne Reynolds-Alpert used twitter to “tweet” updates from various conference venues and also began a blog to increase awareness of ITEST among formal and informal educators and educational technology advocates. NECC, overall, provided LRC staff an opportunity to meet with some ITEST PIs, connect with other STEM educators, and learn about the current “best practices” for using technology to aid learning both in and outside of the classroom.
    • To follow the LRC’s twitter, go to: http://twitter.com/ITEST_LRC
    • To search twitter for NECC-related tweets, go to twitter and enter “#NECC2009” (no quotes) in the search bar.

  • 06/16/2009 (All day)

    In Be The Game, high school students mentor peers and use game design as a tool for teaching science, technology, engineering, and math, and the program's high tech bus travels to locations where tech facilities are not available. This feature on the Edutopia website profiles the Game Design Through Mentoring and Collaboration ITEST Project.

  • 06/16/2009 (All day)

    Exploring the planets and stars and turning some of the discoveries into an online game -- it's a girls only mission with a group of students from the ASA Academy in Oakland. About a dozen girls, from 6th through 12th grade, have joined an afterschool program called Universe Quest. They're learning about astronomy and building their own 3-D, immersive online game that centers around creating characters, who explore the cosmos and answer questions along the way.

  • 05/19/2009 (All day)

    TechREACH, a program of the Puget Sound Center for Teaching, Learning and Technology (PSCTLT) has received a $7,500 Google RISE (Roots in Science and Engineering) Award.
    PSCTLT Newsletter - Lynnwood, WA - May 19, 2009

    This is the first year of the Google RISE awards and 30 organizations across the United States received funding. PSCTLT's one-year grant, TechREACH: Delivering Innovative Technology Experiences for Underrepresented Youth, provides funding for the development of a two-week summer technology workshop on robotics for King County youth. The workshop is designed for middle school students. Middle school is the critical time to promote science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), because 12-14 year-olds are still open to the idea they can excel in these areas.

    Through the Google RISE award, approximately 30 students from two King County middle schools will learn the basics of programming logic and robot assembly as they work with LEGO Mindstorms Robotics kits. Students will build a rover robot with motors that are controlled by touch sensors to avoid obstacles. Ultimately students will program their robot to compete in a challenge. Teachers will be trained to offer robotics curriculum, on strategies to support underrepresented students in STEM, and career and higher education resources to motivate students to pursue STEM fields.

    "We are grateful to Google for their support in helping develop future workers in the field of science, technology, and engineering. Our youth have the capacity to be future leaders in these fields - they need access to experiences that excite their interest in these fields," said Karen Manuel, TechREACH Director. "Youth and teachers will experience hands-on robotics curriculum that builds their interest in how technology and engineering can solve everyday problems."

    TechREACH addresses President Obama's call for underrepresented youth to have equitable educational experiences. He states, "We need after-school programs and summer-school programs because minority youth and poor youth are less likely to get the kind of environment and supplemental activities that they need" (January 15, 2008).

  • 05/07/2009 (All day)

    In a single sentence, “I like robots,” 14-year-old Noe Valdez, an eighth grade student at Mesa’s Carson Junior High School, summed up his reason for joining 29 other students for a year-round informal learning odyssey into space exploration and other exploits focused on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The after- school and summer program, presented by Arizona State University (ASU) in collaboration with Mesa Public Schools and several community partners, introduces middle school students like Valdez and other youth to the demanding STEM disciplines, and the romantic pursuit of robotics, which fascinated philosophers and scientists even before Greek mathematician Archytas built a mechanical steam-powered bird in 350 B.C. more

  • 04/13/2009 (All day) - 04/17/2009 (All day)

    “Disciplined Inquiry: Education Research in the Circle of Knowledge”
    Monday, April 13 – Friday, April 17, 2009 in San Diego, CA

    Youth from Arizona (Social Justice Education Project and COMPUGIRLS) will be presenting at AERA this year--Wednesday, April 15th at 2:15-3:45 San Diego Convention Center Rm 30A. This panel is a not-to-be-missed event that will ground the discussion of education from a youth perspective.

    Denner, J., COMPUGIRLS, Malyn-Smith, J., ITEST LRC & Werner, L. (2009, April). Information and Communications Technology Fluency: Defining and Measuring Standards in Middle School. American Educational Research Association. San Diego, CA.

    Denner, J. & Martinez, J. (2009, April). Latina Girls and Technology: Strategies to Promote Learning in an Out of School Setting. American Educational Research Association. San Diego, CA.

  • 04/01/2009 (All day)

    Bio-ITEST Press Release

  • 03/02/2009 (All day) - 03/06/2009 (All day)

    Click on the attachment to view ITEST projects presentations and panels at the 2009 SITE conference.

  • 03/02/2009 (All day)

    Sarita Saju, student from George Washington High School involved in the ITEST-Nano program, recently received top awards at science fairs for her nanotechnology project, titled "Polymer-Wrapped Carbon Nanotubes as Electrode Materials for Supercapacitors." Her project was based on work during her internship with expert scientists from the School of Engineering and Applied Science. more

  • 02/26/2009 (All day) - 02/27/2009 (All day)

    Preparing Tomorrow's STEM Workforce Through Exploration, Equity, and Engagement - Access event highlights now at the event blog by clicking on the website link below.

  • 02/16/2009 (All day)

    One of SUCCEED high school interns, Kelley Katzenmeyer from Riverside, led a team of kids at Shodor to put together a video entry to the "Voices of the South" contest, and she won first place with her video about the ITEST apprentices and interns at Shodor learning the skills to be computational scientists working on the National Science Digital Library.

    See the winning video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NIoBG1Af2Vc or follow the link at www.southern.org

  • 01/12/2009 (All day)

    Nancy's documentary was one of several presented recently to friends and relatives during a ceremony for 60 teen girls in various phases of an Arizona State University education outreach program called COMPUGIRLS. Click the attachment below to read the full article.

    COPMPUGIRLS_News Item.pdf