NSF INCLUDES: Building Diverse and Integrative STEM Continua Using Socio-environmental Systems In and Out of Neighborhoods (DISCUSSION)

Saturday, October 1, 2016 to Sunday, September 30, 2018
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Project Descriptions
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Professional Development, Conferences, and Networks, Resource Centers and Networks, Informal/Formal Connections, K-12 Programs, Higher Education Programs
Middle School Children (11-13) | Undergraduate/Graduate Students | Families | Educators/Teachers | Museum/ISE Professionals
Education and learning science | General STEM
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Black/African American Communities
Women and Girls
North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University, North Carolina Central University
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This collaboration between two Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) will form a networked improvement community located within the Piedmont Region of North Carolina. In close partnership with community colleges and civic organizations, the project will reach families and students that lead to broader participation of underrepresented groups in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. The overall goal is to build and sustain a scalable, inquiry-based network with the purpose of increasing the academic success of underrepresented ethnic minorities and women in the STEM continuum. By engaging in culturally relevant socio-environmental frameworks, project outcomes will positively impact student retention, knowledge, and quantitative skills in STEM across socio-economic divides and STEM disciplines.

The Launch Pilot phase will focus on evidence-based teaching and learning approaches for middle school students. The core structure of the network will serve as a platform to launch and guide other age- and level-specific educational instruction, research, and assessment initiatives. Student understanding of the nature of science will be enhanced by adapting structure, behavior, and function (SBF) theory and system thinking hierarchical (STH) models. Ultimately, the network will represent a driver for social innovation that positively impacts broadening participation in STEM.

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Team Members

Gregory GoinsGregory GoinsPrincipal Investigator
Thomas ReddThomas ReddCo-Principal Investigator
Scott HarrisonScott HarrisonCo-Principal Investigator
Paula FaulknerPaula FaulknerCo-Principal Investigator
Stephanie Luster-TeasleyStephanie Luster-TeasleyCo-Principal Investigator
Caesar JacksonCaesar JacksonPrincipal Investigator
Tonya Gerald-GoinsTonya Gerald-GoinsCo-Principal Investigator
Christopher McGinnChristopher McGinnCo-Principal Investigator
Kimberly WeemsKimberly WeemsCo-Principal Investigator

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