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.
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.
The National Science Foundation and the National Nanotechnology Initiative are excited to launch the second annual "Generation Nano: Small Science, Superheroes" competition!
Students from around the country and faculty from the Princeton Center for Complex Materials are collaborating on research through the Research Experience for Undergraduates program of the National Science Foundation.
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.
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.
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.
Mathematical understanding begins with the youngest children
This video showcases a collaborative effort between the University of Chicago's Center for Elementary Mathematics and Science Education and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Engineering is Elementary is a project-based curriculum for grades 1-5 that is expressly designed to be accessible for all learners.
Postdoctoral Research Fellow from Arizona State University, Harmony Colella, talks about how experiencing an earthquake as a child in Southern California inspired her to become a geophysicist.
As a graduate student in geophysics, Kathy talks about her involvement with the Idaho - Oregon Research Project (IDOR) and explains why she likes her work. Kathy was part of a team from Virginia Tech supervised by John Hole, one of the IDOR Principal Investigators.
Jenny Nakai talks about her interest in engineering and science as a means to be useful and solve problems and the importance of education in the Navajo culture in general.
Geophysicists discuss earthquakes and the San Andreas Fault system at the San Bernadino County Museum, Redlands, California. Emergency reactions to a violent earthquake are displayed.
Campers at Science-U, a Penn State summer camp, learn how water can be used to help our planet!
Find your inner scientist! Log on to Citizenscience.gov or Zooniverse.org to see hundreds of Citizen Science projects. Get involved and explore the world around you while helping with real scientific research.
In a flash, all of your electronics could be gone, courtesy of a solar storm. However, a collaboration of National Science Foundation-funded scientists has created groundbreaking visualizations to help scientists and non-scientists alike understand these massive cosmic eruptions and develop ways to mitigate the disasters they could cause.
"I'm still that nerdy, geeky kid that I was in school living inside my own imagination, but I'm coming out of my shell," says Kaavya Valiveti, 21, winner of UC Berkeley's coveted University Medal, which recognizes outstanding scholarship, public service and strength of character.
Benton Science Club is an afterschool program that connects undergrad and graduate University of Missouri students to children curious about science.
The Sea Education Association (SEA), the sole recipient of the Public Service Award in 2016, began operations in 1971 and is now an internationally recognized leader in undergraduate ocean education.