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NCTAF Learning Studios


Thomas Carroll

The world economy is rapidly outpacing America’s development of STEM talent. Our students must learn more, do more, and create more. To meet this challenge, thousands of STEM professionals are ready to join forces with new and accomplished teachers to develop the next generation of innovators, entrepreneurs, and leaders we need to thrive in a global economy.

Living in Relations


Megan Bang


Math, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA) Program


Chandra Austin

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Las Vegas–September 19, 2012



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STEM Smart: Lessons Learned from Successful Schools


This meeting highlighted issues in the NRC report, Successful K-12 STEM Education, with a special focus on technologies to promote K-12 STEM learning and teaching. It included breakout sessions on projects, resources, and initiatives that align with the report’s evidence base on effective instruction, access to high quality STEM for all students, and building supportive infrastructure. Presenters were drawn largely from NSF-supported programs, and well-recognized STEM Schools. Participation by teams was encouraged.

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University of Nevada, Las Vegas
4505 S. Maryland Parkway
Las Vegas, NV

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(Corner of Tropicana and Swenson Avenues)


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What Do The Next Generation Science Standards and NRC Framework Mean for Teaching and Curriculum Materials?


Brian Reiser

The session will discuss how the NRC Science Education Framework and Next Generation Science Standards call for changes in science teaching and curriculum materials. The Framework and NGSS present two major evolutions in standards that challenge current widely used curriculum materials and the way science is often taught in classrooms: (1) organizing learning around core explanatory ideas; and (2) engaging students in scientific and engineering practices to develop and apply these explanatory ideas.

UIC College Prep High School

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Providing Ongoing Support for STEM Teachers

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Illinois Pathways: Improving Education, Workforce, and Economic Development Coordination to Build More Effective STEM Talent Pipelines


Educational Policy, School Administration, and the Technical Core: The Local Infrastructure and Instructional Improvement Challenge

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Why Linking In- and Out-of-School Experiences Matters for Students Historically Underrepresented in STEM

Project Exploration
’s youth programs allow students to explore a variety of scientific disciplines alongside scientists. Project Exploration targets students who are open-minded and curious, regardless of academic standing. All of the youth programs are free, eliminating the cost barrier that prevents low-income students from accessing dynamic out-of-school time science programs. Project Exploration works with more than 300 Chicago Public School students each year.