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Center Researchers

Researchers and faculty working with the STEM Center and their bio information.


Latest publications from STEM Center researchers as well as available resources.

Research Projects

Ongoing projects at the STEM Center as well as archived projects.

Research Opportunities

Grants and funding available through the STEM Center.

Research Projects

Project LEAP

A fundamental assumption of early algebra education is that it will increase children’s understanding of algebraic concepts and practices and, ultimately, improve their success in the study of more advanced mathematics—particularly algebra—in secondary grades. To date, however, this premise is largely untested. The projects that comprise the Project LEAP portfolio seek to address this premise.

Learning to Prove

The Learning to Prove portfolio of projects focuses on examining students’ understanding of what counts as evidence in mathematics, and ways to foster the development of their learning to prove.

Argument Driven Engineering

This project has two overall goals: (1) to create a new instructional approach that middle school science teachers can use to teach the engineering design process; and (2) to learn more about how middle school students propose, support, critique and revise design solutions.

Archived Projects

These projects have completed their grant period and published their results.