Education

An overarching goal of Iowa EPSCoR is to translate the knowledge gained in the research platforms into  specific actions to:

  1. expand the scientific literacy of all citizens, and
  2. increase the participation of underrepresented groups in science, technology, engineering, and math fields through education and training.

[PHOTO]Biofuels workshop
Community college faculty review information packets given out at the Biofuels Workshop.
Iowa NSF EPSCoR is accomplishing this goal through a number of avenues:

K-12 Student Programs and Resources
K-12 Teacher Professional Developmen
Undergraduates, Community Colleges, and 4-year Institutions
Graduate Students
Faculty Development

K-12 Educational Materials

MOOC courses from UNI’s F.R.E.E. program:
UNI Energy Basics
UNI Solar Energy

Watch the Living with the Sun Video Curriculum
The Iowa NSF EPSCoR Building Science team has developed a series of videos teaching energy efficiency concepts for high school physics classes. You can stream or download all four videos in the series.

“Hot and Cold” Materials and Outreach

See the Superhero C6 Materials
These materials offer a series of posters, an interactive online game, and promotional materials. Its goal is to teach students about renewable carbon, how it is made into a product, and what kind of business surrounds those biorenewable products. The package will likely continue to grow as teachers and students implement the materials into their classrooms.

“Go!” Materials from Iowa State and InTrans

Workforce Development & Diversity

An overarching goal of the Iowa NSF EPSCoR project is to translate the knowledge gained in the research platforms into specific actions to increase the participation of under-represented groups in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields through education and training. Specifically, the projects seek to broaden the participation of women, under-represented minorities, and first-generation college students in the STEM pipeline, prepare a workforce that can meet the demands of Iowa’s emerging green economy, and create a community of scholars who integrate broader impacts into their research effort.

Iowa NSF EPSCoR Library

See the Iowa NSF EPSCoR Library for more information and links to materials, articles, journals, and books of interest to the Iowa NSF EPSCoR community, community colleges, and K-12 professionals.