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 Jass 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