Monthly Archives: August 2016

NSF grant to fund College of Education STEM research project

Purdue University’s College of Education was awarded $2 million in grant funding from the National Science Foundation for the project “Using Principles of Design to Advance Teacher Education.”

As part of the project, faculty from the colleges of Education, Engineering and Science will work directly with 240 undergraduate students studying elementary education over five years to broaden the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) learning landscape by integrating engineering design principles across five required undergraduate science courses. The intent is to establish a new generation of high-quality, exemplary elementary STEM educators while redesigning an existing elementary science teacher preparation model.

The NSF gave $1.5 million of the grant funds initially. The project will receive the remaining funding three years into the project. Professor Brenda Capobianco from the College of Education is the primary investigator on the grant.

Read the complete release here.

National FFA Organization, Discovery Education and Join Forces to Introduce Students to Careers in Agriculture

INDIANAPOLIS (Tuesday, August 16, 2016/National FFA Organization) | In today’s world, students are always looking for ways to get a jumpstart on the competition, and employers are looking for employees who are a cut above the rest. It’s for this reason that the National FFA Organization, Discovery Education and have partnered to create AgExplorer. is a new career exploration website that is a robust, comprehensive career resource to help students explore the broad range of careers in agriculture.

“We’re excited to introduce this transformational resource that will allow students to explore the 235 unique careers in agriculture,” said Joshua Bledsoe, chief operating officer of the National FFA Organization. “FFA is uniquely positioned to provide the foundation of the talent pipeline for the agricultural industry. In addition to engaging our students and supporting our teachers, will help us tell our story and the story of agriculture to the world. Together, we can all strengthen the future of agriculture.”

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Children’s Museum Unveils STEM Learning Center

The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis is partnering with The Heritage Group on the new Heritage Group Center For Family Learning in STEM. Museum Chief Executive Officer Jeffrey Patchen says the center will put visitors face-to-face with scientists “who are changing the world.” The museum says, as part of the partnership, the center will research and develop new science programs for teachers, school groups, children and families. The attraction is already working on new life sciences initiatives including the recently-premiered Beyond Spaceship Earth exhibit and a growing partnership with former NASA astronaut David Wolf and paleontologists Phil Manning and Victoria Egerton.

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The Next Steps Institute Sept 26-28 2016

The Smithsonian Science Education Center (SSEC), South Carolina’s Coalition for Mathematics & Science (SCCMS), and the South Carolina Afterschool Alliance (SCAA) are facilitating a new opportunity for networking, dialog and information to learners and leaders from across the nation.  See the event announcement here.

During the three-day program participants attend pathways of concurrent sessions, each addressing a critical STEM education issue in-depth. This pathway approach reflects the idea that change affects the individual first, and that the individuals engaged in reform need to understand reform concepts from their level of expertise before they can effectively translate theory into practice. Participants choose one pathway to follow throughout their Next Steps experience.  In addition to the pathway selected, participants will have three opportunities to leave their pathway learning and attend salon sessions.

For more information and registration click here.