Impact on Science Education is a collaborative group at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign that brings together science educators, researchers and teachers. Together we work on a wide range of projects, all with the goal of making an impact on science education through teacher education, instructional design, and research.
To impact science education through teacher education, we partner with scientists (see Insights into Climate Change, Workshop in Evolutionary Biology, and Project MICROBE) or institutions (see Genomics for™ Teachers) to develop workshops for pre-service and in-service science teachers. We regularly publish articles featuring hands-on and tested activities for teachers through professional development magazines and host workshops at national science teaching conferences like the National Science Teacher’s Association.
To impact science education through instructional design, we have secured grants to design curriculum materials, create outreach opportunities, and develop media such as video, simulations, and games (see Project NEURON and related projects). We collaborate with a core set of dedicated teachers and schools to test and research our curriculum materials during and after development. You will be able to view a list of our research publications and presentations soon.
The Impact on Science Education website serves as an information portal and announcement platform for all our projects. Sign up for our monthly e-newsletter to hear about upcoming teacher workshops, new or updated curriculum materials, and research opportunities. You can also contact us if you are interested in partnering for a new or ongoing project.