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Improved STEM Education and Educator Development

Broader impacts can integrate one or multiple “cords” of research, education and outreach, and diversity activities, as mapped in examples below:

Research Education and Outreach Diversity Example impact
Yes Yes Populate a nationally accessible learning hub that hosts courses and learning modules for interactive data analysis and modeling tools for formal classroom active learning, training workshops, and hands-on tutorials.
Yes Yes Use a new instrument in a new, graduate-level imaging course to teach next-generation life scientists advanced imaging techniques and image analysis software.
Yes Yes Collaborate with STEM outreach coordinators to conduct a summer outreach camp with students recruited from three campuses of the STEM-focused charter Purdue Polytechnic High Schools whose student body is nearly 70% black.
Yes Yes Budget to recruit diverse undergraduate researchers in partnership with the College of Engineering Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship Experience that provides a best practice cohort experience while engaging URM undergraduates in project laboratory research.
Yes Create images and videos using the SDC microscope for use by secondary biology teachers to demonstrate organelles cell structures that are typically poorly represented in biology courses. Indiana Department of Education posts images and videos online for high school accessibility.
Yes Yes Partner with Purdue Science K-12 Outreach coordinator expertise to budget two high school teachers who will have a research experience and also create a suite of 2D visualizations, 3D animations, and virtual reality experiences for use by biology teachers and hosted on globally accessible nanoHUB. Teachers recruited from school corporations with high percentage URM students.
Yes Leverage the Purdue Gifted Education Resource Institute to develop, deliver, and assess an introduction to epigenetics summer course that will target STEM educational enrichment for gifted youth and help address the educational relevance gap between basic biology concepts and application to real-life topics.
Yes Deliver a transferable and scalable educational model for how elementary science teacher preparation in higher education can address next-generation science and engineering standards.

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