Inside ITEST

Watch participants in the National Science Foundation's Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers program, (ITEST), as they learn science by doing it. The six sites profiled here show hands-on science, community partnerships, and career exploration and will give you ideas for your classrooms. The collection was created in partnership with the Educational Development Center's ITEST Learning Resource Center.

  • Becoming Green Energy Experts

    This Michigan State University/Lansing Boys and Girls Club partnership demonstrates the powerful result of giving youth the science background and tools they need to carry out investigations of their own design, and to communicate their knowledge in their own voice.

    Grades: 7-13+
  • Girls Explore IT Careers | Inside ITEST

    BuildIT capitalizes on girls’ inherent interest in design and communication technologies, engaging girls in hands-on, collaborative, real-world experiences as they progress through 3 stages – Apprentice, Journeygirl, and Specialist. Here we see girls at the Specialist stage tackling game design challenges, their level of engagement invigorated by accountability to a “client”.

    Grades: 6-8, 13+
  • Publishing Genome Research

    BRITE is designed to help high school students learn modern molecular genetics by engaging them in genuine scientific research projects. The two-part program is aimed at both teachers and students, providing summer institute teacher training for conducting real genome research, and academic-year support for teachers to develop and implement new curriculum. 

    Grades: 7-13+
  • Bridging Culture, Community and Science

    CREST models an interdisciplinary approach to connecting students to their threatened communities, using technology as a tool and place-based education as a vehicle. By engaging in local projects based in the surrounding Gulf of Maine ecosystem, students learn to apply science and technology skills to support their community’s natural, social, and economic resources.

    Grades: 7-13+
  • Students Study Urban Ecology

    See both Bioacoustics and Urban Trees curriculum projects in action: students learn the basic physical and ecological context of their field studies, experience the technical aspects of field data collection, gain a working knowledge of cutting edge data analysis software, and develop hypotheses with respect to their data that can be tested experimentally.

    Grades: 7-13+
  • Gaining Catfish Aquaculture Skills

    Drop in on Mississippi Delta high school teachers and students being trained in core catfish farming technology and skills. Catfish farming is a key local industry in the Delta, and developing science and technology skills of the future workforce is a priority for industry partner Scotland Fisheries.

    Grades: 7-12