K-12 & Education

It's a competitive world in which science, technology, mathematics and engineering impact our economy, health, societal well-being and policy. Scientists, engineers and educators provide the ideas and knowledge base for U.S. leadership in science and engineering. Learning how people learn, while also supporting the very best ideas and students are also essential goals in today's changing world.

Farming the sea

Maine's Sustainable Ecological Aquaculture Network (SEANET) helps support University of Maine research and educational outreach related to the farming of aquatic organisms

Illuminating the pathway to computing for Mississippi women

The Mississippi Alliance for Women in Computing is working to attract women and women of color to computing, improve retention rates of women in undergraduate computing majors and help postsecondary women make the transition to the computing workforce.

Making dreams come true

Northern Illinois University (NIU) engineering and technology student Oluseun Taiwo spent the summer printing prosthetics on a 3-D printer at NIU to help Sarah Valentiner, an eighth-grader born with one hand, have more range of motion while she plays the violin.

Got a high schooler on winter break? Need a STEM project to keep ‘em busy? GenNano competition to the rescue!

The National Science Foundation and the National Nanotechnology Initiative's second annual "Generation Nano: Small Science, Superheroes" competition is underway! The competition challenges high school students to create a superhero that uses nanotechnology--science and technology on the scale of a nanometer, or one billionth of a meter--to solve crimes and meet today's challenges. And those high schoolers have got a ton of time during winter break, right?

Big ideas for future NSF investments

Six research "big ideas" that will drive important aspects of the National Science Foundation's long-term research agenda, push forward the frontiers of US science and engineering research, and lead to new discoveries and innovations.

Computer science for all

On May 12, 2016, a group from the National Science Foundation visited North Point High School in Waldorf, Maryland, part of the Charles County Public Schools.

Women in STEM: Caroline -- software engineer

The project seeks to enhance the teaching and coaching practices of CTE-STEM educators, guidance counselors and role models with gender equitable and culturally responsive strategies; research the impacts of strategies and role model experiences on girls' interest in STEM careers and evaluate the effectiveness of the training in these strategies.

Citizen science research, improving student motivation

In partnership with Bowling Green State University, Perkins Local Schools and Sandusky City Schools, the iEvolve with STEM project seeks to increase student motivation and engagement through the integration of Citizen Science Research into classroom instruction across the curriculum.