National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Space Science Education Consortium
PR No.4200592826 Grant Number: NNX16AL63A (2016-2021)
IITTL/UNT and dozens of science education and technology partners nationwide are working with NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center on a five-year mission to encourage interest in space science. UNT will provide formative and summative evaluation of the products/programs spawned through the STEM Innovation Lab at Goddard, vetted and refined in our Design Research Lab environment at UNT, and pilot-tested in informal learning environments to produce a sound and timely research base of demonstrated effects on knowledge of and interest in technology-infused activities related to Space Science. Publications demonstrating measurable effects will be produced.
STEM Pre-Academy RCUH # 68482 (2014-2021)
The STEM Pre‐Academy fosters inspiration and relevance in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, primarily through initiatives such as teacher workshops, technical focus sessions, and collaborative interaction between middle school teachers, University of Hawaii Researchers, and government/industry STEM subject matter experts. This teacher‐driven multidisciplinary program helps public middle school educators develop and implement research and technology‐based student curriculum. These include lessons, activities, and projects that correspond to real‐world STEM‐related educational needs and interests as expressed by the educators themselves. The STEM Pre-Academy is a state-funded program, focused on public middle school teachers in Hawaii. IITTL serves as the evaluation partner.
simEquity: Improving Student Learning While Decreasing Bias in Teaching Through Simulation
NSF Research on Emerging Technologies for Teaching and Learning (RETTL) Award #2118849 (2021-2024)
The simEquity project, in collaboration with simSchool, aims to contribute to a more just and equitable society in the future by encouraging teachers to identify, reflect on and correct revealed biases. This three-year project will implement a scalable model for developing equitable, culturally responsive teaching practices through a simulated teaching environment. The outcomes of this project will identify best practices that can be implemented on a broad scale to help teachers recognize and mitigate the influence of implicit bias that often impacts student success. Bias reduction in teaching practices is a key foundation for enabling future leaders of society to achieve their highest innate and positively nurtured potential. The COVID-19 Pandemic has highlighted disparities in learning and emphasized the importance of socio-emotional stability for the long-term well-being of students and teachers.