Not all students have a high-quality STEM education, which can limit their post-secondary learning and career options. EDC works to improve the quality, effectiveness, and equity of STEM learning and teaching, giving all students a solid foundation in computer science and creating pathways to STEM careers for students from underrepresented groups, students from low-income families, and English learners.

We develop STEM curricula, digital games, and apps that engage, excite, and challenge students, aiming to foster and use technology for robust STEM experiences. And through national resource centers and collaborative research, we guide STEM research and program design.

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Experts

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Co-Director, Science and Math Programs
Al Cuoco
Distinguished Scholar
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Managing Project Director
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Distinguished Scholar/Advisor
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Research Scientist
Leslie Goodyear
Principal Research Scientist
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Science Educator
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Senior International Technical Advisor
Jennifer Kennedy
Deputy Chief of Party
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Chief of Party | Education Specialist
Randy Kochevar
Director, Oceans of Data Institute
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Scientist
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Co-Director, Science and Mathematics Programs
Carrie Lewis
Senior Technical Advisor
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Senior Project Director
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Research Scientist
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Research Scientist
Joyce Malyn-Smith
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Managing Project Director
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Senior Project Director
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Distinguished Scholar
Carrie Parker
Principal Research Scientist
Sarita Pillai
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International Curriculum and Training Specialist
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Melanie Sany
Director, International Youth and Workforce Development
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Projects

Resources

Here are a few of our resources on STEM. To see more, visit our Resources section.

Resource libraries

This resource library contains reports, evaluations, and toolkits produced by Community for Advancing Discovery Research in Education (CADRE) partners and principal investigators with DR K–12 grant

Toolkits

This toolkit links parents to a wide array of resources—including “fast facts,” fun family activities, and scholarship info—to prepare children and youth to thrive in our wired world and its workplaces.

Websites

This website features assessments to diagnose whether students have specific misunderstandings or misconceptions about rational numbers, such as fractions and decimals.

Reports

This is the summary of a report that presents the results of a first-of-its-kind national survey of parents, who were asked about the types of early science educational activities they do with their young children.

Websites

This robust website includes video-based case studies of six girls as they investigate what it means to be a scientist or engineer.

Studies

Featuring insights from leading researchers, this brief describes National Science Foundation Discovery Research K-12 projects that identify strategies to accomplish the following:

Websites

EDC is collaborating with the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, at the University of California, San Diego, to create this interactive, Web-based learning resource.

Websites

EDC led the development of SMARTR, a website of free math and science “virtual learning experiences” (VLEs) for middle-grades students.

Reports

This report covers EDC’s process evaluation of Year 1 of the iDesign project, a three-year NSF ITEST-funded project to engage underrepresented youth in designing interactive, culturally and sociall

Reports

This report offers research-backed guidelines to support designers of big data interfaces for education.