NSF Grant Facilitates Classroom Learning

NYIT received a $1 million grant from the National Science Foundation for a collaborative, interdisciplinary project with Utah State University that allows K-12 teachers in New York and Utah to use information and communications technologies as cognitive tools for engaging students in scientific inquiry.

The project, “Collaborative Research—Cyber-Enabled Learning: Digital Natives in Integrated Scientific Inquiry Classrooms,” will determine the professional development needed to help teachers incorporate multi-user simulations and communications in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

Associate Professor Shiang-Kwei Wang, Ph.D., of NYIT’s School of Education will lead the project in New York along with Hui-Yin Hsu, assistant professor of education, and Lisa Runco, Ph.D., professor of life sciences in NYIT’s College of Arts and Sciences.

“This award supports research-based pedagogies in the K-12 classrooms, enhances teachers’ science and technology literacy, and cultivates students’ 21st-century skills,” said Wang. “It is a great interdisciplinary collaboration between the education and science departments at NYIT and the science education department at Utah State University.”

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