Ensuring the vitality of the U.S. high-tech sector requires engaging and inclusive STEM programs that inspire the next generation of innovators and inventors. EDC is continuing a long legacy of support for these critical initiatives through its leadership of the STEM Learning and Research (STELAR) Center.
EDC’s STELAR team supports grantees of the National Science Foundation’s Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST) program in meeting their goals to create authentic, engaging STEM experiences that help K–12 students develop the skills and knowledge they will need for the future.
Through STELAR, EDC offers the following technical assistance to facilitate projects’ success:
- Through webinars and online meetings, annual meetings, and resources, increase the capacity of ITEST principle investigators (PIs) and evaluators to design, evaluate, and refine their projects and to effectively synthesize and disseminate project findings
- Synthesize and disseminate promising practices and project findings to a national community of stakeholders that includes STEM education professionals, business and industry leaders, policy makers, and the STEM and ICT education research community.
- Broaden participation through outreach efforts targeted to individuals and institutions underrepresented in the ITEST community.
- Provide assistance in developing competitive ITEST proposals.
- Increase capacity of ITEST projects to recruit and retain student participants from underserved groups.
Since 2003, EDC has provided technical assistance to more than 462 ITEST projects, serving approximately 833,300 youth, 51,500 educators, and 10,600 parents and caregivers.
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