About the InTeGrate Project
InTeGrate is a 5-year, NSF-funded STEP Center grant, running from 2012 through 2016. The STEP (STEM Talent Expansion Program) Center program enables "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."
The first goal of the InTeGrate project is to develop curricula that will dramatically increase Earth literacy of all undergraduate students. This includes the large majority of students that do not major in the geosciences, those who are historically under-represented in the geosciences, and future K-12 teachers, such that they are better positioned to make sustainable decisions in their lives and as part of the broader society.
The second major goal is to increase the number of majors in the geosciences and related fields who are able to work with other scientists, social scientists, business people, and policy makers to develop viable solutions to current and future environmental and resource challenges.
Achieving these goals requires a revolution in how geo-education is perceived and practiced, as well as the roles that learning about the Earth play in the broader curriculum in institutions of higher education. Connecting geoscience education to societal challenges has the potential to increase enrollment in geoscience and allied courses, thus strengthening the field while serving society. Learn more about InTeGrate's approach to connecting education to societal challenges from: InTeGrate Pedagogy: Themes and strategies.
- Developing teaching materials and evaluation of new teaching resources and instructional strategies,
- Program models to incorporate teaching about the Earth throughout the undergraduate curriculum,
- Professional development and dissemination strategies to promote widespread adoption of these new approaches.
- Assessment and Project Evaluation ensure that the materials and programs developed by the program effectively meet their stated goals and objects, and that project activities in aggregate meet the overarching goals of the project.
The 2011 NSF awards included two STEP Center awards, this one in the geosciences and one in engineering (the Stanford Technology Ventures Program (STVP)).
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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