STEM Student Research Program Expands with Motorola Foundation Grant

STEM Student Research Program Expands with Motorola Foundation Grant

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An Innovation Generation grant from the Motorola Solutions Foundation will enable the Office of STEM Education Partnerships (OSEP) to expand its STEM Student Research program. The funding will help to increase research opportunities for high school students in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) in three ways: through targeted teacher professional development programs, student mentoring, and teacher and student research experiences.

The STEM Student Research program features a free 10-week online course to help teachers design research programs for their students. As of summer 2013, 59 teachers have completed the course and are reaching approximately 4,720 students. 

In addition, teachers have the opportunity to job shadow and do research with partners in industry and at universities.

The Innovation Generation grant program supports STEM education programs, funding more than 400 school, museum and nonprofit programs across the United States and Canada. The program gives awards to organizations like OSEP that effectively foster and support STEM initiatives for teachers and students – especially girls and underrepresented minorities.

At Northwestern University’s School of Education and Social Policy, the Office of STEM Education Partnerships connects classrooms from kindergarten through high school with the cutting-edge resources of the University. The STEM Student Research program is one of several programs that OSEP runs in schools and out of school to foster effective and engaging STEM education.

As with all OSEP programs, a key goal of the STEM Student Research program is to make the way science is taught in schools more similar to the way science looks in university and industry labs. “We’re trying to close the gap between school science and real science,” says School of Education and Social Policy professor Kemi Jona, the director of OSEP. “The theme across all efforts is to bring authentic tools and practices into the classroom for bridging the gap and creating excitement for learning.” 

“We are so honored to partner with organizations like OSEP who are helping to create the world’s future innovators and technology professionals,” said Matt Blakely, director, Motorola Solutions Foundation, the charitable arm of Motorola Solutions, Inc. OSEP will receive ongoing support from Motorola Solutions employee volunteers, who will act as mentors, tutors and experts in STEM careers.

By Marilyn Sherman
Last Modified: 7/27/17