January 2015, Volume 2, Issue 1
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Mentoring in ITEST
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Project Spotlight: Anika Ward and Joseph Adamji
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Happy New Year!  As January is National Mentoring Month, this month's STELAR highlight features a list of mentoring resources from the ITEST program, including projects, publications, and information on a STELAR mentoring webinar later this month.

Check out the newest  ITEST DataBrief on the STELAR site!  DataBriefs are short reports that use data collected annually by STELAR from ITEST projects through the Management Information System to provide a window into different aspects of the ITEST program. The latest DataBrief reports on the strategies ITEST projects use to engage participants from underrepresented groups and describes emerging patterns across projects. You can read other ITEST Databriefs under STELAR Materials.

The new year will be a busy one for STELAR, and we hope to see many of you at events around the country.  STELAR coordinated ITEST project submissions to both NARST and AERA,and 10 ITEST projects will be presenting their work in symposia at the two conferences in April.  Be sure to ring in the new year by keeping STELAR informed of your accepted ITEST sessions at national conferences so we can promote them on our website.

Mentoring in ITEST

ITEST projects often incorporate mentoring components into their programming that allow students to engage with both adult and near-peer mentors in ways that build their skills, knowledge and interest in STEM education and career pathways.

Join us for a webinar on Thursday, January 22, to learn about mentoring models in ITEST projects.

Project Spotlight

Project spotlights illuminate different projects in the ITEST community. Contact us to contribute your story.

STELAR recently had the opportunity to interview Anika Ward and Joseph Adamji with the Kitty Andersen Youth Science Center (KAYSC) at the Science Museum of Minnesota. Anika and Joseph work on the ITEST Project Bits-2-Bites to educate urban youth in the Twin Cities about social justice and learn about computational thinking to address STEM-related community issues.  
      "Our process roots the work in creating solutions to social injustices, what we call a STEM justice education approach. Additionally, building relationships as a foundation for the experience is key to successful STEM learning and youth development work."

Read our blog to learn more about their project.

Upcoming Events

STELAR events
Join us for the following events in early 2015:
All webinars are free and held 3:00-4:00 PM, Eastern Time, and include innovative STEM-related projects describing their work.

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Share Your Project News

Are you presenting about your project at an upcoming conference?  Or has your project been in the news recently?  Send us a message to let us know! We can share your news with the community.
STELAR is supported by NSF grant #1312022 (STEM Learning and Research Center (STELAR)). Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.
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STELAR News is a quarterly newsletter by the STEM Learning and Research Center.