Thursday, December 9, 2010

Stevens Institute of Technology Awarded $11.5 Million NSF Math-Science Partnership (MSP) Grant with 12 School District Partners Across NJ

Program Aims to Enhance Grade 3-8 Science, Engineering Education and Foster Innovation, Creativity

Congratulations to my friends and colleagues at Stevens Institute of Technology on their recent funding award from the National Science Foundation. Stevens has had a long and meaningful relationship with students and teachers from the Hoboken public schools as well as schools and students throughout the city and across the State of New Jersey. Stevens now joins Purdue University and The University of Texas-Austin as the three institutions of high learning awarded grants from the National Science Foundation under their Mathematics and Sciences Partnership (MSP) Program. -Dr. Petrosino

HOBOKEN, N.J. - The Center for Innovation in Engineering and Science Education (CIESE) at Stevens Institute of Technology has been awarded a highly competitive, five-year, $11.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation whose goal is to enhance teaching and learning of physical and earth science in Grades 3-8 in 12 diverse districts across New Jersey. The PISA 2 (Partnership to Improve Student Achievement in Physical Sciences: Integrating STEM Approaches) program will employ contemporary societal challenges, such as climate change and energy consumption, as vehicles to engage and motivate teachers and their students in science and engineering learning, and to foster 21 st century skills such as creativity, innovation, problem-solving, critical thinking, and collaboration.

Participating districts include: the districts of Bayonne, West New York, Jersey City, Hoboken, Morris, Lakewood, Margate, Red Bank, Saddle Brook, Princeton, Camden, and Mustard Seed School in Hoboken. Other key partners include: St. Peter’s College, Columbia University/Teachers College, the NJ Department of Education, the National Science Resources Center (NSRC), and Nyre & Associates education research consultants.

“CIESE has been a national leader in K-12 STEM education and this grant will have a significant impact in shaping the technical and innovation capacity of the next generation of teachers and students,” said George P. Korfiatis, Stevens Provost and University Vice President.

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