Ensuring the vitality of the U.S. high-tech sector requires engaging and inclusive STEM programs that inspire the next generation of innovators and inventors. EDC is continuing a long legacy of support for these critical initiatives through its leadership of the STEM Learning and Research (STELAR) Center.
EDC’s STELAR staff support grantees of the National Science Foundation’s Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST) program in meeting their goals to create authentic, engaging STEM experiences that help K–12 students develop the skills and knowledge they will need for the future.
Through STELAR, EDC offers the following technical assistance to facilitate projects’ success:
- Help projects develop and articulate innovative models for STEM learning environments
- Synthesize and disseminate promising practices and project findings to inform and influence a national community of other stakeholders
- Broaden participation in the ITEST community through outreach efforts
Since 2003, EDC has provided highly regarded technical assistance to more than 250 ITEST projects, serving approximately 250,000 students, 10,000 educators and 3,000 parents and caregivers.