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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MPACT
MPACT

MPACT brings 3D design, making, and printing to students in California’s agricultural region, in service of learning mathematics, spatial reasoning, and computational thinking.

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 American Women in Computing and Technology (WOCCC Sr. Fellowship)
Native American Women in Computing and Technology (WOCCC Sr. Fellowship)

This fellowship will result in two case studies that explore the persistence of Native American women in computing and technology higher education.

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.

Native Women and Two-Spirit Individuals in Computing Higher Education (NAWC2)
Native Women and Two-Spirit Individuals in Computing Higher Education (NAWC2)

This study examines landscape data and trends on participation of Native women and two-spirit individuals in computing through a scoping review of the existing literature.

Project LEAP
Project LEAP

Project LEAP researchers are developing a Grades K–5 Early Algebra Learning Progression (EALP) to foster young children’s algebraic thinking and are testing its potential to improve children’s algebra-readiness for middle grades.

Reaching Across the Hallway
Reaching Across the Hallway

Broadening rural middle school history students’ participation in meaningful and culturally relevant CS instruction.

Revealing Systemic Impacts of a 12-Year Statewide Science Field Trip Program
Revealing Systemic Impacts of a 12-Year Statewide Science Field Trip Program

This project looks for large scale impacts of such a widespread, sustained-over-time experience on students, teachers, schools and communities.