Hoboken, NJ – The Center for Innovation in Engineering and Science Education (CIESE) at Stevens Institute of Technology has been awarded a three-year, $1.7 million Mathematics and Science Partnership (MSP) grant from the New Jersey Department of Education’s Office of Mathematics and Science Education. The program focuses on the preparation of K-12 teachers in mathematics and science to serve as the primary vehicle to enhance student achievement, interest and participation in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields.
“CIESE’s leadership in STEM education, both at the state and national level, together with the expertise of Stevens faculty, will significantly contribute to building the technical and innovation capacity of the next generation of teachers and students in our state,” said George P. Korfiatis, Interim President at Stevens.
“The C-TEAMS project promises to provide critical preparation for teachers of science and mathematics, both in content knowledge and in the pedagogical strategies and science behind how students learn these critical subjects,” said Beth McGrath, Director of CIESE, which is leading the program in collaboration with Stevens STEM faculty. The MSP grant, C-TEAMS (Curriculum Topic Study to Enhance Achievement in Mathematics & Science), joins Stevens and other higher education partners together with 18 public and non-public local education agencies and kicks off with an intensive 80-hour summer institute which began on July 12, 2010. The goal of the program is to increase the academic achievement of students in mathematics and science by enhancing the content knowledge, pedagogical content knowledge, and understanding and use of the NJ Core Curriculum Content Standards by classroom teachers.
Dr. Philip Leopold, Professor and Director of the Chemistry, Chemical Biology & Biomedical Engineering Department at Stevens, will serve as principal investigator of C-TEAMS. “This project blends the unique talents and strengths of elementary, middle, and high school teachers with university faculty and staff to explore science and mathematics topics in great depth, so that classrooms from elementary grades through high school will be enriched,” said Leopold.
The program builds upon prior work conducted by CIESE to build teacher capacity in STEM to increase student achievement and interest in STEM fields. In a predecessor grant, Partnership to Improve Student Achievement (PISA), students of teachers involved in an intensive, three-year training program blending science inquiry with engineering design, had learning gains in science two times greater than students in a comparison group. Project research also showed that teachers reported increases in students’ 21st century skills such as problem-solving, critical thinking, collaboration, and communication as a result of their engagement in the science and engineering lessons.
C-TEAMS partners include the public school districts of Bayonne, Clifton, Hackensack, Hawthorne, Jersey City, Keansburg, Morris, Paramus, Saddle Brook, Secaucus, Weehawken, West Milford and the following non-public schools: All Saints Academy and Marist High School in Bayonne, Rising Star Academy, St. Augustine’s School, and St. Francis Academy in Union City and St. Nicholas School in Jersey City. Higher education partners include St. Peter’s College and Columbia University/Teachers College.
About the Center for Innovation in Engineering & Science Education (CIESE)
The mission of the Stevens Center for Innovation in Engineering and Science Education (CIESE) is to motivate and support educators and students to pursue and succeed in science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM) study and careers. Working with K-16 educators, researchers, policymakers, governmental agencies and other organizations, CIESE develops curricula, conducts professional development programs, and researches new methodologies to strengthen STEM education.
Founded in 1988, CIESE’s programs have directly impacted more than 30,000 educators in New Jersey and throughout the world, and have garnered nearly $49 million in external support. CIESE programs and curricula have been recognized by national and international organizations, including the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the U.S. Department of Education, the National Science Teachers Association, the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, and others.
CIESE’s portfolio of 30 Internet-based classroom projects, which utilize real time data and global telecollaboration to engage students in authentic science investigations, science inquiry, problem-solving, and quantitative analysis, are used by an estimated 100,000 students from 35 countries each year. Through its Engineering Our Future NJ program, CIESE has pioneered the development and dissemination of K-12 engineering curricula and teacher training programs throughout the state and nation.
About Stevens Institute of Technology
Founded in 1870 and celebrating 140 Years of Innovation, Stevens Institute of Technology, The Innovation University TM , lives at the intersection of industry, academics and research. The University's students, faculty and partners leverage their collective real-world experience and culture of innovation, research and entrepreneurship to confront global challenges in engineering, science, systems and technology management.
Based in Hoboken, N.J. and with a location in Washington, D.C., Stevens offers baccalaureate, master’s, certificates and doctoral degrees in engineering, the sciences and management, in addition to baccalaureate degrees in business and liberal arts. Stevens has been recognized by both the US Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security as a National Center of Excellence in the areas of systems engineering and port security research. The University has a total enrollment of more than 2,200 undergraduate and 3,700 graduate students with almost 450 faculty. Stevens’ graduate programs have attracted international participation from China, India, Southeast Asia, Europe and Latin America as well as strategic partnerships with industry leaders, governments and other universities around the world. Additional information may be obtained at www.stevens.edu and www.stevens.edu/press.