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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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.

Enhancing and Empowering: Doing the Math with Paraeducators, a Mathematics Professional Development Model for PreK to Grade 3
Enhancing and Empowering: Doing the Math with Paraeducators, a Mathematics Professional Development Model for PreK to Grade 3

Doing the Math with Paraeducators is developing, implementing, refining, and researching a mathematics professional development program for paraeducators, K-3.

Environmental Innovation Challenges
Environmental Innovation Challenges

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

ESSIL: Extracting Salient Scenarios from Interaction Logs
ESSIL: Extracting Salient Scenarios from Interaction Logs

Extracting Salient Scenarios from Interaction Logs helps students understand the principles of complex systems by developing a new type of education technology to support their learning and participation in the multi-person immersive simulation.

ExIST
ExIST

The ExIST Project is a teacher professional development model that supports middle school biology teachers to adapt curriculum by integrating game design to enhance biological systems learning and skills in systems thinking from constructionist and participatory perspectives.

Exploring Students’ Data Science Learning and Participation through Engagement with Authentic, Messy Data at DataFest
Exploring Students’ Data Science Learning and Participation through Engagement with Authentic, Messy Data at DataFest

This project explores how students engage with messy, authentic data in interdisciplinary ways and what influences their choices to participate at DataFest.

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.