Several projects in the Institute form the OpenSTEM Research group. With an emphasis on learning beyond the school setting, these projects affirm fundamental goals of the Institute while creating a visible focus for work that broadens the access to STEM learning.
Led by Dr. Carrie Tzou, OpenSTEM Research is committed to expanding opportunities for all students to engage with STEM learning environments across the settings and time points of their lives, including schools, libraries, other community settings, and from K-12 through workforce development.
The group conducts research on supporting STEM-linked identities in young people by studying the design of learning environments that connect everyday activities and cultural and linguistic community resources with technology-enhanced STEM learning. In collaboration with partner organizations, the group also designs curriculum resources and conducts professional development for STEM teachers and informal practitioners.