By Dr. Simone Soso, NSF INCLUDES Coordination Hub, QEM
Scientific Journal or Graphic Novel? A Student-Production Featuring LSAMP Research
Team Lead: Patricia L. Lang
Institution: Ball State University
LSAMP students collaborate with graphic design students to present their scientific research through a creative journal, taking a playful approach that uses illustration, story, and even superheroes to communicate complex concepts.
Informal STEM Education
Emerging Leaders Cohorts: An Affinity-Based Model for BIPOC in Environmental Education
Team Lead: Craig Strang
Institution: Lawrence Hall of Science
Emerging leaders in the field of environmental education speak movingly about the value of their experience at the Beetles Leadership Institute, which provides BIPOC environmental educators with a unique learning and sharing space, as well as leadership tools and skills, and connects them across a nationwide network.
PreK-12 STEM Education
Stitching the Loop: Electronic Textiles for Broadening Participation in CS STEM
Team Leads: Yasmin Kafai, Joanna Goode, Deborah Fields, and Jane Margolis
Institutions: University of Pennsylvania, University of Oregon, Utah State University and University of California, Los Angeles
Connecting crafting, computing, and engineering, this video highlights how an electronic textiles unit explores computer science by using student-driven handcrafts to teach problem-solving and procedures, and how the program has engaged students who hadn’t seen themselves as the kinds of students who would pursue computer science.
STEM Higher Education & People’s Choice #1
Advancing Student Success in STEM
Team Lead: Sudarshan Kurwadkar
Institution: California State University, Fullerton
Hispanic-serving institution CSU Fullerton combines data visualization and video footage to creatively tell the story of how they are integrating academic interventions and socio-cultural strategies, including emotional supports and real-world experience through internships, to increase student retention, engagement, and success in STEM fields.
Peoples' Choice #2
Team Lead: Jean Crowder
A series of striking testimonials highlight a program building innovative bridges to STEM success in K-16 high-poverty schools. SacramentoSTEMAlliance engages high school students in college work and in teaching middle school students; in turn the middle school students mentor elementary school students in math achievement, creating long-term networks of support.
You can view the top 12 videos of the competition here and join the conversation in the National Network online community.