Projects

Below are some of my current projects.  Click on the project names to visit the website for more information and to access the materials.  Older projects are listed at the bottom of the page.  My collaborators on these projects can be found on the project websites.

  • FUSE – A new interest-driven approach to engaging teens in STEAM challenges in 60+ schools and libraries in 3 states and Helsinki, Finland, reaching 6000+ kids. Funded initially by MacArthur Foundation and now NSF.
  • Computational Thinking in STEM (CT-STEM) – Introduces students to critical computational skills and tools by developing classroom activities that can be embedded in traditional STEM courses. Funded by NSF and Spencer Foundation.
  • Remote Online Labs – An advanced cyberlearning platform that allows students to access real laboratory equipment via their web browser or mobile device. A new suite of teacher tools and analytics helps teachers integrate remote labs into their science classrooms.  Over 12,000 worldwide users to date.  Funded by NSF.   With support from the HP Catalyst program, we also developed a self-paced online mini-MOOC to prepare teachers to implement remote labs in their science classrooms.
  • The Biotechnology Center of Excellence (BCoE) – A partnership between Lindblom Math & Science Academy, the Office of STEM Education Partnerships at Northwestern University, and the Science@Work Program at Baxter International, Inc. Provides a hub for high school and middle school teacher professional development, curriculum, and resources in the field of biotechnology.
  • STEM Student Research Facilitation Course – On-line course for administrators and teachers interested in designing student-directed research programs for their schools or districts. Funded by Motorola Solutions Foundation.

Older projects

  • Watershed Dynamics – A project to develop curriculum and a customized geographic information system that allows high school students to investigate their watershed by connecting to and analyzing data from real-time and archival data sets and sensor networks provided by a national hydrological science consortium. Funded by NSF GLOBE program.
  • EcoCasting – A computational modeling-based curriculum designed to teach high school students systems thinking in the context of bioaccumuluation of toxics in the Lake Michigan food webs. Funded by NOAA.
  • Northwestern University Biology Investigations in Oncofertility (NUBIO) – Biotechnology-based laboratory activities for high school classrooms based on the real-world research done by the Oncofertility Consortium at Northwestern University. Funded by NIH. Now folded into the The Biotechnology Center of Excellence (BCoE) project.
  • Reach for the Stars: Computational Models for Teaching and Learning in Physics, Astronomy and Computer Science – This NSF GK-12 program places STEM graduate student fellows in K-12 science classrooms for the academic year and supports them in developing and testing new computational thinking lessons based on their graduate research.
  • myoncofertility.org – A patient education and support website for patients, parents and partners wanting information on fertility preservation in the face of a cancer diagnosis. Funded by NIH.
  • Oncofertility Saturday Academy – A program for inner-city Chicago high school junior and senior girls that provides hands-on laboratory and hospital experiences and mentoring to promote science learning and career aspiration. Expanded to partner sites at UCSD and Oregon Health Sciences University. Funded by NIH.  Now part of Women’s Health Science Program (WHSP) led by Dr. Teresa Woodruff.