Transforming teachers’ learning environments with emerging technologies

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Evrim Baran, an Iowa State University alumna known worldwide for applying technology to improve teaching and learning, returned to Iowa State this spring as a faculty member.

Baran, who received her doctorate from Iowa State in 2011, joined the School of Education as an associate professor in educational technology. Her research brings together educational technology, teacher education, and human computer interaction (HCI).

Iowa State partners with third-graders to stage ‘maker theater’

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Ames, Iowa — Third-graders at Edwards Elementary School on Friday combined lessons in literacy and geometry to stage a theater using sets and scripts developed with the help of Iowa State University students.

Improving teaching and learning in large lecture classes

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As a college student, Michael Brown recalls sitting in those large lecture classes that everyone is required to take.

“When I took those classes, I did terribly in them,” he said. “I like math. I use statistics extensively in my research. But I did terribly in the first college stats class I took because I felt lost amidst the hundreds of students in the room.”  

Today, as a new assistant professor in the Iowa State University School of Education, Brown is working to transform that model.

STEM-Lit program encourages play to teach K-3 students about science and reading

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STEM-Lit to Go!, a program developed by School of Education postdoctoral research associate Sara Nelson, teaches young children about science, math, technology, engineering and literature through play. Iowa State University and 4-H Clover Kids are piloting the program this summer. It's designed for students in kindergarten through third grade and judging from their response, it's a hit.

New Iowa State STEM camp aims to excite children about learning

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Fifty-two incoming fifth- and sixth-graders will next week engage in hands-on experiences in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics at the first-ever STEM InCYte Camp at Iowa State University.

Renovated labs provide researchers with critical space for advancements

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State-of-the-art facilities are key to Iowa State staying on the cutting edge of changing national trends that require the integration of research, technology, and hands-on experiences.

Students to showcase jacket with solar panels that charge electronics

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An Iowa State University team of apparel and engineering students will next week showcase a hiking jacket that uses solar energy to charge electronic devices at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s National Sustainable Design Expo in Washington, D.C.

Trinect supports science and engineering learning in elementary schools

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Iowa State University is on the cutting edge nationally of integrating engineering in elementary schools as recommended by the Next Generation Science Standards.

Doctoral student aims to improve accommodations in STEM education

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Ashley Nashleanas didn’t have a model or rule book to follow while growing up blind in the small northwest Iowa town of Hinton. Braille helped her to read textbooks in school, but graphics in math and science lessons were often just — missing.

Iowa State professor to lead ‘transformative’ NSF project

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An Iowa State University faculty member will receive the National Science Foundation (NSF)’s most esteemed recognition for junior faculty members conducting scientific research.

Brian Burt, an assistant professor in the School of Education, is the recipient of a five-year, $569,702 Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) award, which supports early career development activities of teacher-scholars who are most likely to become the academic leaders of the 21st century.

The grant will support Burt’s research on leveraging learning and engineering identity to broaden participation of black males in colleges of engineering.