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1 Joan Ferrini-Mundy Assistant Director National Science Foundation Education and Human Resources EPSCoR Project Directors’ and Project Administrators’ Meeting May 21, 2012 Improving STEM Education through EPSCoR: Capitalizing on Unique Assets for the Nation Credit: John Prusinski, National Science Foundation EPSCoR, May 21, 2012

2 Science The Endless Frontier “The Government should accept new responsibilities for promoting the flow of new scientific knowledge and the development of scientific talent in our youth. These responsibilities are the proper concern of the Government, for they vitally affect our health, our jobs, and our national security. It is in keeping also with basic United States policy that the Government should foster the opening of new frontiers and this is the modern way to do it.” Bush, V Science: The Endless Frontier (Washington, DC: National Science Foundation, reprinted July 1960), pg. 8 EPSCoR, May 21, 2012

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5 New Era of Science Era of Data and Communications Era of Observation (Theory, experiment, computation, “citizen science”) EPSCoR, May 21, 2012 Credit: Credit: Lynette Cook (left); © 2011 Jupiterimages Corporation (right)

6 EPSCoR, May 21, 2012 Credit: (NRAO/AUI/NSF); ALMA (ESO/NAOJ/NRAO); HST (NASA, ESA, and B. Whitmore (STScI)) (top left); Nicolle Rager Fuller, National Science Foundation (top right); National Science Foundation (bottom left); Hongjun Wang, Stevens Institute of Technology (bottom right)

7 EPSCoR, May 21, 2012 NSF Large Facilities Advanced instrumentation enables state-of-the-art research and education of the next generation of scientists, engineers, and technical workers. Credit: Advanced LIGO (left); Advanced Visualization Laboratory, National Center for Supercomputing Applications; (center) R. Riggs, University of Hawaii (right)

8 EPSCoR, May 21, 2012 Centers contribute to the NSF's mission and vision (http://www.nsf.gov/about/partners/centers.jsp) Credits: Top: Courtesy National Ecological Observatory Network (left); Wilson Ho and Shaul Mukamel, University of California, Irvine, NSF-Chemical Bonding Center (center); Rensselaer/Robbins (right); Bottom: Jorge Rocca, Colorado State University (left); Nicolle Rager Fuller, National Science Foundation (center); Anne Goodsell and Tommi Hakala, Hau Lab, Harvard University (right)

9 Falk, John H. and Dierking, Lynn D. (2010). The 95 Percent Solution, p American Scientist, 98. EPSCoR, May 21, 2012

10 “NSF can continue to lead this revolution [in cyberlearning] by leveraging its investments in the productive intersections between technology and the learning sciences.” Fostering Learning in the networked World: The Cyberlearning Opportunity and Challenge; a 21 st Agency for the National Science Foundation (June 2008), p. 5 Opportunities for “anyone, anytime, anywhere” learning 10 Credits: Carl Pennypacker, UC-Berkeley (left); Images courtesy of (center and right)http://www.cees.iupui.edu/DSE.htm

11 STEM Learning Educating tomorrow’s scientists and citizens EPSCoR, May 21, 2012 Credits: and

12 Source: OECD. Washington Post, September 12, 2011: completion/2011/09/12/gIQAegt6NK_graphic.html completion/2011/09/12/gIQAegt6NK_graphic.html The US trails much of the developed world in college attainment among young adults, a key measure of global competitiveness.

13 Percentage of undergraduate degrees in science or engineering Percentage of Undergraduate Degrees in the Natural Sciences and Engineering National Science Board, Science and Engineering Indicators U.S. Census Bureau, 1999:. U.S. Census Bureau. 1999; available online at lib/1999pop18/800x600/slide5.html. Ahttp://www.census.gov/mso/www/pres_ lib/1999pop18/800x600/slide5.html EPSCoR, May 21, 2012

14 Percentage of undergraduate degrees in science or engineering Percentage of Undergraduate Degrees in the Natural Sciences and Engineering National Science Board, Science and Engineering Indicators U.S. Census Bureau, 1999:. U.S. Census Bureau. 1999; available online at lib/1999pop18/800x600/slide5.html.http://www.census.gov/mso/www/pres_ lib/1999pop18/800x600/slide5.html EPSCoR, May 21, 2012

15 American Association of Universities. (September 15, 2011). 5-Year Initiative for Improving Undergraduate STEM Education: Discussion Draft. half of all students who begin in the physical or biological sciences and 60 percent of those in mathematics will drop out of these fields by their senior year

16 National Concerns Arising from Trends in STEM Education U.S. will not have enough qualified workers U.S. ability to innovate and compete globally will suffer National security and defense will be jeopardized. Populace will not have educational base needed for future societal well- being. EPSCoR, May 21, 2012 Credit: Photo from ATE Centers Impact (www.atecenters.org) (top), CH-53E Super Stallion, US Naval Air Systems Command, 8609E (middle); Benjamin Lok, CISE, University of Florida, and David S. Lind, Medical College of Georgia (bottom)www.atecenters.orghttp://www.navair.navy.mil/index.cfm?fuseaction=home.displayPlatform&key=25A327F8-4E42-4FB9-AB E

17 Some of the Challenges Inconsistent use of best practices across nation’s ~14,000 public school districts Significant achievement gap between white and underrepresented minority students Decreasing numbers of US students seeking STEM in college College graduation rates low Alarming undergraduate attrition from STEM majors EPSCoR, May 21, 2012

18 Proficiency in science is “all over the map”. Source: Change the Equation, All over the Map; Comparing States’ Expectations for Student Performance in Science, EPSCoR, May 21, 2012

19 PISA 2009 Mathematics and Science Literacy: 15-Year Old Students (OECD) U.S. average score of 487 lower than the OECD average score of 496 U.S. average score of 502 near parity with OECD average score of 501 SOURCE: Fleischman et al. (2010). Highlights From PISA 2009: Performance of U.S. 15- Year-Old Students in Reading, Mathematics, and Science Literacy in an International Context (NCES ). U.S. average score of 487 lower than the OECD average score of 496 EPSCoR, May 21, 2012

20 Carnegie Corporation of New York. (2009). Visualizing Change. Retrieved from EPSCoR, May 21, 2012

21 EHR Moving Forward: FY 2013 Request EPSCoR, May 21, 2012

22 Core Launch STEM Learning STEM Learning Environments Broadening Participation and Institutional Capacity in STEM STEM Professional Workforce Preparation Research & Development EPSCoR, May 21, 2012

23 Make frontier science central Use theory and research on STEM learning Aim for bold learning outcomes Commit to common metrics Design for scale Involve all NSF directorates and offices Expeditions in Education- E 2 Engage, Empower, Energize Credit: Doug Levere, University at Buffalo (left); Doug Levere, University at Buffalo (center); photo from ATE Centers Impact (www.atecenters.org) (right)www.atecenters.org

24 The Next Generation of Science and Engineering Leaders ….. Supporting the best and the brightest young scientists and engineers. Graduate Research Fellowships Postdoctoral Fellowships Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) Research Experiences for Undergraduates Credit: California State University, Fresno Science and Mathematics Education Center Noyce Program EPSCoR, May 21, 2012

25 … and Scientifically Literate Citizens Inspiring STEM learning with frontier innovations inside and outside of schools Discovery Research K-12 Informal Science Education Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers Credit: Osman Yasar, SUNY College at Brockport EPSCoR, May 21, 2012

26 Diversity in the Science and Engineering Workforce Broadening participation of women and underrepresented minorities in science and engineering Credit: Photos from ATE Centers Impact (www.atecenters.org) (left and center): Division of Entomology, University of Nebraska State Museum. (right)www.atecenters.org EPSCoR, May 21, 2012

27 Understanding the “active ingredients” to support rapid and wide-scale change. Research and Evaluation on Education in Science and Engineering Broadening Participation Research tracks Research in Disabilities Education Research on Gender in Science and Engineering Math and Science Partnerships Cyberlearning Transforming Education Building the knowledge base and evidence needed to achieve excellence in education. GK-12 Fellow Carole Chen works with students on a robot as they prepare for competition. Credit: Yan Cain, teacher, PS 3, New York City Department of Education EPSCoR, May 21, 2012

28 FROM TODAY’S TALKS (Maine EPSCoR): Getting the public and regulators to use research results Creating usable knowledge Co-defining problems and solutions Needs-based, place based research Co-interpretation Public helping to define question Incorporating local knowledge into policy making

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30 September 8, Education Directions at NSF research education and public outreach

31 Press Release South Pole Telescope Provides New Insights Into Dark Energy and Neutrinos Neutrinos were thought to be without mass until recently EPSCoR, May 21, 2012

32 Credit: Thinkstock (left); Amy Snyder, © Exploratorium, Exploratorium.edu (right)Exploratorium.edu

33 Thank You! Contact Information Joan Ferrini-Mundy Keyword: EHR EPSCoR, May 21, 2012


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