Research

1.Climate Change Education

  • Climate Change Education Partnership (CCEP) Program, Phase I and Phase II, MADE-CLEAR (Maryland and Delaware Climate Change Education, Assessment and Research) (total awards, $6.63 million, 2011-2018; National science Foundation.  Project Director: Dr. Don Boesch (USM/UMCES); Principal Investigator UMD: J. Randy McGinnis). 

 

2. Educational Technology

  • ScienceKit for Science Everywhere: A Seamless Scientizing Ecosystem for Raising Scientifically Minded Children (total award $1,350,000, 2014-2018, Principal Investigator: Tamara Clegg; Co-Principal Investigators: June Ahn, Jason Yip).

 

  • BodyVis: Advancing New Science Learning and Inquiry Experiences via Custom Designed Wearable On-Body Sensing and Visualization (total award $549,990, 2014-2017, Principal Investigator: Jon Froehlich; Co-Principal investigator: Tamara Clegg).

 

  • Scratch Encore: Equity via a Flexible, Advanced Scratch Curriculum for Diverse Students and Teachers in Upper Elementary. Awarded by the National Science Foundation (2017-2020, total award: $1,014,811, PI Diana Franklin (University of Chicago), co-PIs: David Weintrop, Andy Isaacs).

 

3. Physics and Engineering Education

  • An Application-Based Learning Approach to Introductory C Programming Language Courses (total award $200,000, 2013-2017, Principal Investigator: Wesley Lawson; Co-Principal Investigators: Andrew Elby, Shuvra Shikhar Bhattacharyya, Ayush Gupta).

 

  • Changing How Physics Students Approach Learning with Simulations: Research and development of PhET-based tutorials (total award $200,000, 2013-2018, Principal Investigator: Andrew Elby; Co-Principal Investigator: Ayush Gupta).

 

  • Collaborative Research: Integrating conceptual reasoning with mathematical formalism: Teaching and assessing mathematical sense-making in quantum mechanics. Awarded by National Science Foundation (UMD award $385,000, 2017-2020, Principal Investigator: Ayush Gupta; Co-Principal Investigators: Andrew Elby, collaboration with University of Colorado).

 

  • Block-based Robotics Programming. Awarded by ABB Robotics. (2017, Total Award $100,000, Principal Investigators David Weintrop & Diana Franklin (University of Chicago)).

 

4. Science Teacher Professional Development

  •  Exploring the Integration of Computational Thinking into Preservice Elementary Science Teacher Education. Awarded by the National Science Foundation (total award $1,241,906, 2017-2019, Principal Investigator: Diane Ketelhut, Co-Principal Investigators: Jandelyn Plane, J. Randy McGinnis, and Troy Saddler. 

 

  • Negotiating the Certification-to-Workplace Transition: What Helps Pre-service Middle-School Science Teacher Candidates Bring Responsive Teaching Practices to Their Classrooms? Awarded by the National Science Foundation (total award $299,473.00, 2017-2020, Principal Investigator: Daniel Levin, Co-Principal Investigators: Andrew Elby and Janet Walkoe).  

 

  • The University of Maryland Noyce Scholars Program for Science Teachers. Awarded by the National Science Foundation (total award $1,200,000, 2013-2017, Principal Investigator: Daniel Levin; Co-Principal investigators: Andrew Elby, Lawrence Clark, Edward Redish).

 

  • Research on Practice Using STEM Inquiry Embedded with Computational Thinking in Elementary School.  Awarded by the National Science Foundation (total award $1,000,000, 2016-2019, Principal Investigator: Andrew Elby; Co-Principal investigators: Ayush Gupta. Collaboration with Michigan State University).

 

  • Ocean Atmosphere and Space Research, Office of US Naval Research. THE MAURY PROJECT: Precollege Teacher Training in the Physical Foundations of Oceanography.  (American Meteorological Society,  2017-2020, $600K; J. Randy McGinnis, Evaluator).

 

5. Socioscientific Issues

  • Modeling the Dynamics of Integrated Technical and Moral Reasoning in Contexts of Socio-Scientific Issues (total award $225,000, 2014-2017, Principal Investigator: Ayush Gupta; Co-Principal Investigators: Andrew Elby, in collaboration with UCLA).