College of Education

Impact on Science Education


Below is a list of projects related to Impact on Science Education. Select a project name to learn more about it.

Active Projects

PAGES (2016– ) empowers K–12 teachers to use high quality curriculum units that are integrated across grade-levels. Students learn critical concepts, especially related to evolution and climate change, over time in order to meet the performance expectations established in the NGSS.

The Phenomena Finder (2017- ) is a tool designed to provide a database of productive phenomena that can be searched and filtered. It focuses on aligning phenomena with the NGSS and providing a starting point for the development of phenomena-based instructional units.

Project MICROBE (2013– ) provides curriculum and associated teacher workshops for teachers to integrate microbes into their classroom.

Completed Projects

Arctic Paleoecology Workshop (2014– ) is a series of workshops for high school science teachers to incorporate NGSS-aligned curriculum materials about plants, ecology, and climate change based on scientific research at UIUC.

Ecosystem Ecology Workshop (2009–2012) was a collaborative effort with ecology and climate change scientists at UIUC and created curriculum materials and a series of professional development workshops for high school teachers to incorporate cutting-edge climate research into their classrooms.

Genomics for™ Teachers (2013– ) is a summer workshop series offered through the Institute for Genomic Biology to disseminate curriculum based on genetic and genomic research conducted at UIUC.

Project NEURON (2009–2016) is a project that incorporates research on neuroscience and biology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign into curriculum materials and professional development opportunities for high school teachers.

BrainCASE: The Golden Hour (2011–2012) was an extension of Project NEURON focused on creating a computer game that teaches neuroscience content within the context of traumatic brain injury and introduces students to the scientific practice of argumentation through the Claim, Evidence, Reasoning (CER) framework.

FIND Orphy (2012–2013) was a collaborative outreach program between Project NEURON and the Orpheum Children's Science Museum in Champaign, Illinois. In the summers of 2012 and 2013, Project NEURON hosted weekend science activities throughout the year and a one-week summer camp for elementary students at the Orpheum.

Neuroscience Day (March 2013) was a collaborative event coordinated by two NIH-SEPA funded projects: Project NEURON and Building Bridges (from the University of Nebraska Medical Center and the Great Plains Area Tribal Chairmen’s Health Board). Neuroscience Day brought two days of neuroscience activities to middle and high school students in Nebraska and South Dakota. As a result of the event, a series of outreach activities with an accompanying student activity book are available online for public use.

Prototype Eco (2014) was a multiplayer game that teaches secondary school students collaboration skills, ecology, and natural resource management while they engage in scientific practices and build their society in a dynamic online world.

Workshop in Evolutionary Biology (2012– ) is a summer workshop led by UIUC evolutionary biologists for teachers to learn more about evolution and how to address common student questions and misconceptions about evolution in the classroom.