NC Space Grant

Research Engaged Strategies in Teacher Education Programs to Improve STEM (RESTEP to STEM)

Student Grant Opportunities for 2011-2012

To promote STEM Education, North Carolina Space Grant is funding research projects for  undergraduate and graduate pre-service teachers in research that develops their understanding of best practices and strategies of effective teaching in k-12 schools. Pre-service teachers in this program will build on and add to the current research, knowledge and curriculum that address and align with current NASA education themes and missions. Awardees will receive a $1500 stipend. Project proposals will be due October 30, 2011.   Deadline extended to November 14.

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      Criteria for student grant proposals:

      • Projects must  include a research component that builds on and/or adds to the current knowledge about curriculum, best practices, strategies, or assessments in science education in the k-12 classroom.
      • Project must involve a classroom teacher and a learning scientist or science content expert advisor.
      • Proposals must include:
        • a background literature section that addresses both inquiry and pedagogical issues,
        • well defined research questions and expected outcomes,
        • data collection methodology with assessment tools included or described,
        • a description of the population of students that will be involved,
        • time lines and costs (budget),
        • description of deliverables and their alignment to NASA mission/directorate,
        •  letters of commitment for partnership from classroom teacher and faculty/expert, 
        • references that support ideas for the project.
      • Proposals should demonstrate of accuracy of content and an understanding of pedagogy/learning.
      • Partnerships are encouraged with graduate students in science content areas.
      • Deliverables (curricula, assessments or other products developed through this grant) should be justified and meet a wide audience. 
      • Project must be able to be completed by April 2012.



Project Ideas

Partnership and Mentoring Opportunities

Examples of Deliverables (curricula, assessments, journal articles)

Examples of Assessments