In 2017, the Space Science Institute’s (SSI) National Center for Interactive Learning (NCIL), in partnership with the University of Virginia (UVA) and the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), was awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to develop and implement Project BUILD (Building Using an Interactive Learning Design). From 2017-2021, Project BUILD engaged youth (grades 2-5), their families, library staff, and professional engineers in age-appropriate, technology-rich and engineering design-focused STEM learning experiences in libraries across the country – from Florida to Alaska!
The project successfully advanced efforts of the Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST) program at NSF. The primary ITEST goal of this project was to better understand and promote practices that increase students’ motivations and capacities to pursue careers in fields of science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM). You can learn more about ITEST projects and resources at the STEM Learning and Resource Center.
The project team engages youth (grades 2-5), their families, librarians, and professional engineers in an informal learning environment with age-appropriate, technology-rich STEM learning experiences fundamental to the Engineering Design Process.