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National Science Foundation: STEM + Computing Partnerships (STEM+C)

Deadline: March 28, 2016

The STEM+Computing (STEM+C) Partnerships program seeks to significantly enhance the learning and teaching of science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM), and computing by K-12 students and teachers through research on, and development of, courses, curriculum, course materials, pedagogies, instructional strategies, models, or pedagogical environments that innovatively integrate computing into one or more other STEM disciplines, or integrate STEM content into the teaching and learning of computing. In addition, STEM+C seeks to build capacity in K-12 computing education with foundational research and focused teacher preparation. Projects in the STEM+C program should build on research in STEM education and prior research and development efforts that provide theoretical and empirical justification for proposed projects. Pre-service and in-service teachers who participate in STEM+C projects are expected to enhance their understanding and teaching of STEM and computing content, practices, and skills.

STEM+C invites creative and innovative proposals that address emerging challenges in the learning and teaching of STEM and computing. The program offers proposers two tracks:

  1. Integration of Computing in STEM Education: This track seeks proposals for teaching and learning in K-12 that will: (1) integrate computing and computational thinking into science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education, and/or (2) integrate science, mathematics, and engineering content into computer science education.
  2. Computing Education Knowledge and Capacity Building: This track supports discipline specific efforts in computing education. These efforts should be designed to: (1) build an evidence base for effective modes of teaching, learning and supporting student success in computing within diverse populations, or (2) create evidence-based scalable models for teacher professional development and sustainable, ongoing teacher support.

Amount: $47,000,000 for approximately 30-37 awards.

Eligibility: Universities and two- and four-year colleges (including community colleges); non-profit, non-academic organizations that are directly associated with research activities; U.S. commercial organizations, especially small businesses with strong capabilities in scientific or engineering research or education; State educational offices or organizations and local school districts; and certain unaffiliated individuals such as scientists, engineers, and educators.

Link: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2016/nsf16527/nsf16527.htm

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