Our projects and research shape the STEM education field by introducing innovative curricula and improving student access to STEM.

We support more than 60 active projects every year, and our high-quality, innovative research is based on the understanding that for STEM, real-world application matters. We inspire, motivate, and create life-long learners by helping students connect what they are taught in the classroom to the world around them.


These projects and our research are designed to encompass a wide range of subjects and disciplines within STEM education and teaching methods to expand accessibility for all eager minds.

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Designing Biomimetic Robots
Designing Biomimetic Robots

Designing Biomimetic Robots is creating and studying an interdisciplinary learning environment for middle school students, by having students study the natural world and use what they learn to design their own robots.

Environmental Innovation Challenges
Environmental Innovation Challenges

Teaching and Learning Science Practices in the Context of Complex Earth Systems

Focus on Energy Professional Learning
Focus on Energy Professional Learning

The Focus on Energy Summer Workshop empowers elementary teachers to incorporate foundational energy ideas accurately and effectively in their own curriculum.

Focus on Energy: Preparing Elementary Teachers to Meet the NGSS Challenge
Focus on Energy: Preparing Elementary Teachers to Meet the NGSS Challenge

Focus on Energy is an innovative approach for teaching and learning about energy in grades 4-5.

Head Start on Engineering
Head Start on Engineering

Strengthening the Cultural Relevance of the Head Start on Engineering Program for Spanish-Speaking Families

Life Sciences Group
Life Sciences Group

The TERC Life Sciences Group, a research and development program, is founded on the conviction that students can and should experience the life sciences as dynamic fields of inquiry whose diversity reflects the immense diversity of living systems.

MSPnet III
MSPnet III

MSPnet.org is an online professional learning network created to serve NSF’s MSP (Math and Science Partnership) program. It facilitates the sharing of strategies, challenges, resources, and expertise within and across MSP projects.

Multiple Intersectionalities among Faculty in STEM: An Arts-Informed Exploratory Study (MiaFS)
Multiple Intersectionalities among Faculty in STEM: An Arts-Informed Exploratory Study (MiaFS)

MIaFS addresses a largely under-studied population, in this case Faculty of Color in STEM (FCS) who are also Gender and Sexual Minorities (GSM), through the use of methods rarely used in STEM education research, namely participant-generated Arts-Informed Research (AIR).

Native STEM Portraits (NSP)
Native STEM Portraits (NSP)

NSP is a longitudinal study on the experiences of Native STEM students, faculty, and professionals and the barriers and supports they encounter in STEM.

Robots in Science
Robots in Science

Robots in Science supports middle school physical science teachers to develop and implement integrated robotics units in their classrooms.