About the InTeGrate Project
InTeGrate, the NSF-funded STEP Center in the geosciences, ran from 2012 through 2019. The STEP (STEM Talent Expansion Program) Center program enabled "a group of faculty representing a cross section of institutions of higher education to identify a national challenge or opportunity in undergraduate education in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and to propose a comprehensive and coordinated set of activities that will be carried out to address that challenge or opportunity within a national context."
InTeGrate sought to improve Earth literacy and build a workforce prepared to tackle urgent environmental and resource issues facing humanity. To this end, wesupported interdisciplinary teaching about Earth and environmental issues across the undergraduate curriculum. The project collected and synthesized existing work into an extensive website; developed, tested and published 26 curriculum modules, 6 courses, and 16 program models; implemented large professional development programs involving more than 1500 educators; and created a national scale community which continues to work toward these goals.
In aggregate, InTeGrate programming created a large, diverse community of practice that is poised to continue into the future. At the core of this community are the 1678 project participants in materials development, implementation programs, workshops, webinars and project leadership. More than 4600 individuals have engaged with the project in some way including those that have expressed interest in using the materials. During the course of the project this community developed a shared goals, values and philosophy, interacted regularly, improved its practices, and created products of value to the community. This community continues to interact, learn together, and grow through the NAGT On the Cutting Edge Professional Development Program. Leadership developed during the project is carrying forward the goals, values, philosophy and strategies that are signatures of the project.
See the NSF STEP Center Solicitation
- Project Summary (Microsoft Word 2007 (.docx) 143kB Jun26 11)
- Press Release from NSF
- Carleton News story about the InTeGrate grant
- NSF Presentation 1/19/2012 (PowerPoint 3.4MB Jan21 12)
- InTeGrate Mid-Project Evaluation Report (Acrobat (PDF) 3.8MB Mar24 15) by Kim Kastens, Carol Baldassari, and Jackie DeLisis, October 2014
- InTeGrate Final Evaluation Report (Acrobat (PDF) 8.4MB Dec2 19) by Kim Kastens
American Meteorological Society, American Geological Institute, American Geophysical Union, Centers for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence, Geological Society of America, Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology, National Association of Geoscience Teachers, National Council for Science and the Environment, Ocean Leadership and Integrated Ocean Drilling Program, On the Cutting Edge.
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