FSCJ Participates in National Science Foundation Showcase

FSCJ Participates in National Science Foundation Showcase

FSCJ professors and students were featured in the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) 2019 STEM for All Video Showcase on May 13-20, 2019. Professors Ivetta Abramyan, Christopher Lee and Dr. Holly Wiegreffe are serving as investigators for the presentation titled, “Building Opportunities for STEM Success.” 

Funded by the NSF, this multidisciplinary evidence-gathering project is looking at the effect of co-curricular study skill on student performance and attitudes in STEM fields. Other project researchers include Lyn Noble, Amanda Sartor, Dr. Hamid Aidinejad, Dr. Maria Oehler and Dr. Eddy Stringer. “Building Opportunities for STEM Success” can be viewed at stemforall2019.videohall.com/presentations/1615.

“We had noticed that some of our students were using ineffective study strategies in their courses and we wanted to know if we could change that,” said Dr. Holly Wiegreffe, co-principle investigator at FSCJ. “Presenting in the showcase will not only help us disseminate our study to other researchers, but also gives our local community an opportunity to learn about what’s being done to help our students be successful in rigorous courses. If students need help with their study strategies, we’re ready to provide it.”

The theme for this year’s showcase is “Innovations in STEM Education.” Now in its fifth year, the showcase features over 240 innovative projects aimed at improving STEM learning and teaching, which are also being funded by the NSF and other federal agencies.

Video presentations address improving the K-12 STEM classroom, informal environments, undergraduate and graduate education, teacher professional development, and community engagement. Collectively, the presentations cover a broad range of topics including science, mathematics, computer science, engineering, cyberlearning, citizen science, maker spaces, broadening participation, research experiences, mentoring, professional development, Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and the Common Core.

During the week-long event, researchers, practitioners, policymakers and members of the public were invited to view the short videos, discuss them with the presenters online and vote for their favorites. All videos are available online at stemforall2019.videohall.com.

The STEM for All Video Showcase is created and hosted by TERC a non-profit, research and development organization, located in Cambridge, MA. TERC partners with six NSF-funded resource centers: MSPnet, CADRE, CAISE, CIRCL, STELAR, CS for All Teachers. The showcase is funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation (#1642187).