NSFAYS is a new initiative at NSF designed to increase student interest in STEM education and careers through out-of-school-time programming. Responding to a congressional mandate, the NSFAYS initiative provides "seed money for new projects with the goal of increasing the pool of individuals pursuing science, technology, engineering, and mathematics careers through programs that catalyze and maintain interest of K-8 students in math[ematics] and science." NSFAYS will be funding up to 16 projects that meet these goals. To date funded projects include:
• COMETS (West Virginia State University)
For a list of project descriptions, please click here.
NSF also awarded a grant to fund an NSFAYS Research and Evaluation Center, which is headed by CILS. The CILS research team consists of leaders from the Exploratorium, Harvard University's PEAR, King's College London, SRI International, and UC Santa Cruz. The team is applying a theoretical framework that draws on cultural historical activity theory, the new institutionalism in organizational theory, and theories of inquiry-based science to determine and document the ways in which the OST programs support and expand student participation in science education activities.
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