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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Building Coherence
Building Coherence

The Building Coherence project aims to support development of pre-service elementary teachers’ knowledge, skills, and dispositions for enacting ambitious and equitable STEM instruction, by fostering greater coherence among STEM content and pedagogical teacher preparation opportunities.

Children’s Understanding of Relationships
Children’s Understanding of Relationships

Children’s Understanding of Relationships (CUF/CUG) projects focus on developing the cognitive foundations of children’s understanding of algebraic concepts as they begin formal schooling in Kindergarten and first grade.

CodePlay
CodePlay

Through a Researcher Practitioner Partnership (RPP) between Braintree Public Schools and EdGE, the team is building CodePlay—a strong foundation of teachers and suite of materials for the teaching and learning of CT—in upper elementary and middle schools across Braintree MA, considering a broad audience of diverse learners with cognitive differences.

Data Clubs for Middle School Youth
Data Clubs for Middle School Youth

Developing data science materials and activities for after-school and summer experiences

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.

EarthLabs
EarthLabs

Providing a national model for rigorous, engaging Earth and environmental lab science courses.

EdGE
EdGE

EdGE is a team of educators, designers, and researchers who design and study digital games and environments to learn how to engage ALL learners in STEM, especially those who are “falling through the cracks”.

Embodied Physics: STEM Learning for Under-Represented Youth
Embodied Physics: STEM Learning for Under-Represented Youth

Embodied Physics is building resources for science learning environments where Black and Latino students can develop identities as people who practice and are engaged in scientific inquiry.

Engaging Non-Majors in Authentic Research through Citizen Science
Engaging Non-Majors in Authentic Research through Citizen Science

The project studies learning gains and attitudinal changes among students. TERC’s evaluation works with faculty to explore implementation, usability, and the potential for sustainability and spread.

Engaging Students in the Scientific Practices
Engaging Students in the Scientific Practices

This project is developing, implementing, testing, and revising instructional approaches and materials for high school students that focus on the links between scientific evidence and alternative explanations of phenomena related to Earth and space education.