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The STEM Education and Outreach Center is here to support you in your educational endeavors! This page includes teaching resources, information about research grants, and links to STEM articles.

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  • Discovery Research PreK-12 (DRK-12): The DRK-12 is now soliciting proposals.  This NSF grant primarily funds teaching and learning in PK-12 schools with a focus on curriculum development or teacher professional development. Nov 14th 2017 deadline.
  • Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST): The ITEST is now soliciting proposals. The NSF grant funds proposals that promote PreK-12 student interests and capacities to participate in the science, technology, engineering, mathematics, information and communications technology workforce of the future.

Teaching Resources

  • DOIT‘s list of science lab accessibility tips for students with disabilities is a great resource which promotes universal design in order to better accommodate students which normally are disadvantaged in such environments.
  • Registration is now open for POGIL’s 2018 3-day workshops! Designed for both those with and without experience with POGIL’s workshops, these workshops focus on restructuring your classroom and aiding teachers in learning about inquiry-based learning and facilitating teamwork. Check out some of the content in their previous workshops!
  • Recruiting and Educating Future Physics Teachers is a textbook for College teachers to help inspire future teachers in physics.
  • Laboratory Equipment Donation Program: The LEDP was established by the Department of Energy to grant surplus and available used energy-related laboratory equipment to universities and colleges in the United States for use in energy-oriented educational programs. 
  • Advancing Informal STEM LearningThe Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL) program seeks to: advance new approaches to evidence-based understanding of the design and development of STEM learning in informal environments; provide multiple pathways for broadening access to and engagement in STEM learning experiences; advance innovative research on and assessment of STEM learning in informal environments; and develop understandings of deeper learning by participants. : Active solicitations are posted on the program’s website. Supplementary resources for submitting a proposal are listed on informalscience.org. You will need an account on Informational Science to see the supplementary resources.
  • QUBES is a community of math and biology educators who share resources and methods for preparing students to tackle real, complex, biological problems. Explore their educational resources and services on their website.


  • Heliyon: Heliyon is a new open source publication of Elsevier. They have published their first set of articles.
  • Changing the Curve: Women in Computing. This article explores the history and influence of women in computer science, looking at some of the field's key figures and then reviewing some statistics on how women's representation in technical fields has evolved over the last several decades.