This is the webpage for Dr. Tamara Moore's NSF CAREER grant titled: Implementing K-12 Engineering Standards through STEM Integration. Through the links on the left, you can find the resources related to this project.  

Project Description: Over the past several years, the increased energy behind the Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics (STEM) integration movement has inspired the addition of more engineering related content to the K-12 landscape.  National standards for engineering are also just now coming to the forefront with the inclusion of engineering in the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).   Additionally, at the state level, at least 15 states already have explicit engineering standards.   As states begin to add engineering to their standards, the question becomes, “What constitutes a quality engineering education at the K-12 level?”  

The purpose of this project is to look at the current state of K-12 engineering education and how that can guide the development and structure of future K-12 engineering education standards and initiatives. Additionally, this research project is focused on understanding and identifying the ways in which teachers and schools implement engineering and engineering design in their classrooms.

To assess the current  K-12 academic state standards, researchers have developed a framework that can be used to meet the growing need for a clear definition of quality K-12 engineering education. The framework is designed to be used as a tool for evaluating the degree to which academic standards, curricula, and teaching practices address the important components of a quality K-12 engineering education. Additionally, this framework can be used to inform the development and structure of future K-12 engineering education standards and initiatives.

Additional CAREER grant project: Information about the PictureSTEM Project can be found here.

News: Dr. Tamara Moore has been awarded a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers based on the work from this CAREER grant. The press release can be found here.


This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 1055382 through the Early Faculty Career program from the EEC division. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.