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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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.

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.

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