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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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.

Framing Research on Activities as Mathematical Experiences (FRAME)
Framing Research on Activities as Mathematical Experiences (FRAME)

FRAME investigates strategies for enhancing the mathematics in museum-based making and tinkering activities and lays the foundation for a full research study on broadening family participation in mathematics through making.

FUN
FUN

FUN brought together learning-game research teams from Finland and the USA to conduct cross-team studies looking for similarities and differences arising in different cultures and different gaming environments.

GeoHazard: Modeling Natural Hazards and Assessing Risks
GeoHazard: Modeling Natural Hazards and Assessing Risks

GeoHazard will integrate Earth systems models with easy-to-use data analysis tools to allow students to make sense of fundamental science concepts and enable them to evaluate natural hazards holistically.

Guiding Understanding via Information from Digital Environments (GeniGUIDE)
Guiding Understanding via Information from Digital Environments (GeniGUIDE)

SEEC’s process evaluation focuses on teacher plans, concerns, and instructional needs.

Head Start on Engineering
Head Start on Engineering

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

INK-12
INK-12

Teaching and Learning using Interactive Ink Inscriptions in K-12

Innovators Developing Accessible Tools for Astronomy (IDATA)
Innovators Developing Accessible Tools for Astronomy (IDATA)

IDATA engages middle and high school students in designing software to make astronomy accessible to people with blindness or visual impairments.

Investigations Center for Curriculum and Professional Development
Investigations Center for Curriculum and Professional Development

A project that developed and now supports Investigations, a focused coherent, and rigorous K-5 mathematics curriculum that places making sense of mathematics at the heart of the work, for students and for teachers.

Investigations Professional Development
Investigations Professional Development

Professional Development that has supported more than 35,000 educators around the globe, with in-person workshops, online courses, and implementation support.