Four University of Washington College of Education projects aiming to expand access to high-quality STEM learning opportunities will be featured during the 2017 NSF STEM for All Video Showcase: Research & Design for Impact taking place May 15 to 22.

The public event features three-minute video presentations from more than 170 National Science Foundation-funded projects working to advance STEM teaching and learning in formal and informal environments. Educators, researchers, policymakers and the public at large are invited to view the videos, join the discussion online with presenters, and vote for the most effective presentations.

UW projects featured in the showcase are:

  • STUDIO: Build Our World — This afterschool STEM learning program supports low income and immigrant youth in Seattle’s High Point neighborhood in building interest, motivation and identification with STEM and while learning more about STEM college and career pathways. Professor Leslie Herrenkohl, UW undergraduate mentors, Neighborhood House staff and students in the STUDIO discuss the program and their experiences.
  • Mobile City Science — This project is studying how urban youth use mobile and location-aware technologies to collect data about and map their communities, and how these data can support educators in better understanding the places in which students live. Professor Katie Headrick Taylor, research assistant Deborah Silvis and partners with the Digital Youth Network discuss how educators and students can use these tools to map community assets for learning and engage youth in addressing community issues of interest to them.
  • Research + Practice Collaboratory — The UW Institute for Science + Math Education is one of four collaborating laboratories developing and testing new approaches to research and practice. Across different geographical, disciplinary, and formal and informal contexts, the labs produce resources that are evidence-based and practical to support equity-oriented STEM education for all young people.
  • Learning Labs: Mathematics and Science Support for K-2 Teachers — UW researchers are working with communities of teachers to design, test and build an innovative series of professional learning resources and tools for elementary science and mathematics teachers. Professors Jessica Thompson and Elham Kazemi, research associate Jennifer Richards and Teacher Education by Design managing director Kendra Lomax discuss the project.

During the seven days of the online event, participants will be able to engage in facilitated discussions of each project and video. All videos and discussions will be archived for future access thereafter.

Members of the public can cast votes for the showcase’s Public Choice awards via Facebook, Twitter or email for videos they find most compelling. Voting closes at 5 p.m. PDT on May 22 and award winners will be announced May 23.

This event is facilitated by TERC, in collaboration with six NSF-funded resource centers: MSPnet, CADRE, CIRCL, CAISE, STELAR and CS for All Teachers.


Dustin Wunderlich, Director of Marketing and Communications