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Four University of Washington College of Education projects focused on expanding access to great STEM teaching and learning were featured during this year's NSF Video Showcase "STEM for All."

The open and free event features three-minute video presentations from more than 150 projects aimed at improving STEM education that are funded by the National Science Foundation. The public was invited to view the videos, join the discussion online with presenters, and vote for the most effective presentations May 17-23.

UW College of Education projects featured are:

  • STUDIO: Build Our World is an afterschool STEM learning program for low income and immigrant middle and high school students. Professor Leslie Herrenkohl, UW undergraduate mentors, and staff at the Neighborhood House, a multiservice community based organization, discuss this partnership to offer youths opportunities to learn and explore opportunities in STEM.
  • NGSS Networked Improvement Communities have the power to build and advance knowledge of teaching. Professor Jessica Thompson and partner educators from Highline Public Schools describe key features of NICs that aim to improve and adapt teaching practice, theories of student learning, and practical measures.
  • Through a partnership between UW learning scientists and Seattle and Renton school districts, young learners are getting the opportunity to engage with engineering design in ways that are culturally and personally relevant. In the featured project, fifth graders participate in the engineering practice of causal loop diagramming, helping them make connections between previous lessons, ideas and their own lives.
  • A research-practice partnership, the California Tinkering Afterschool Network, brought together STEM researchers and afterschool maker educators to co-investigate how making activities could support more equitable approaches to STEM learning, and what kinds of professional learning educators needed to ensure making is productive and equitable for all learners.

Honored with a Presenters' Choice award was "Making is Fun But Are They Learning" while Facilitators' Choice awards were presented to "STUDIO: Build Our World" and "Engaging All Students in Meaningful Engineering Instruction."

The NSF 2016 "STEM for All" Video Showcase is a collaborative effort of the following NSF resource centers: MSPnet, CADRE, CAISE, CIRCL, STELAR, CS10K Community, and ARC.

Note: Story updated May 24, 2016.


Dustin Wunderlich, Director for Marketing and Communications