November 2016, Volume 3, Issue 9
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Greetings from STELAR,

We hope that everyone has been having a good autumn, and that you are looking forward to the upcoming holiday.  

We are pleased to announce an extension for those who have yet to complete their annual Management Information System (MIS) Survey. Originally due this Wednesday, surveys will now be accepted until Wednesday, December 7. ITEST data-guru Becca Schillaci has written a blog post to share her perspective on the survey in "STELAR Insider: A look at the ITEST Management Information System (MIS)."

On November 1, STELAR and three ITEST projects presented Building Middle School Engagement in Math and Computer Science: Findings from the NSF ITEST Program at the Massachusetts STEM Summit. Presenters Janet Beissinger of CryptoClub, Neil Heffernan of
Predicting STEM Career Choiceand Fred Martin of Middle School Pathways in Computer Science, were joined by STELAR moderator Bernadette Sibuma.They discussed innovative classroom practices and emerging research and evaluation findings in middle school math and computer science that help foster student motivation to pursue lifetime opportunities in these fields. Be sure to check out the presentation slides on our website, and learn more about these projects.

We remind you to Save the Date for the 2017 STELAR ITEST PI & Evaluator Summit, to be held on June 15-16. We will be inviting members of the ITEST community to join our planning committee, and help us shape this event. If you have ideas for this summer's summit, please feel free to share them.

As always, if you have project news or information that would be of interest to the ITEST community, please email us

Carrie Parker 

STELAR Insider

A look at the ITEST Management Information System (MIS)

STELAR project specialist and research associate Becca Schillaci provides an insider's perspective on the history and importance of the annual Management Information System (MIS) survey. Becca shares what the MIS is, what makes it different from annual reports that projects submit to NSF, how we update it each year, and what STELAR does with all of the data.  

"I really enjoy learning about the projects and getting to know them from their responses. I also love the challenge of organizing all of the data. Collecting data from ITEST projects, making the questions meaningful for our reporting but also understandable to those answering, requires quite a bit of creativity."

Please note that the original MIS deadline of November 23 has recently been extended to Wednesday, December 7.

Click here to read the entire blog post. 

Management Information System (MIS) Survey

Thank you to all ITEST Projects and Principal Investigators who have already completed the 2015-2016 ITEST Management Information System (MIS) Annual Survey.

As required by the National Science Foundation and the ITEST Program, the MIS is administered by the STELAR Center to ITEST projects annually each fall. In the interest of gathering as many responses as possible, we are granting projects additional time.

The deadline to complete the MIS has been extended to Wednesday, December 7, 2016!

Please feel free to contact us at if you have any questions or need assistance in accessing or completing the MIS. Past MIS reports are available on the STELAR website




STELAR ITEST PI & Evaluator Summit

The 2017 Summit will be held on Thursday, June 15 and Friday, June 16, 2017 at the Westin Arlington Gateway in Arlington, VA. More information will be announced in the coming weeks.

In case you missed it:

STELAR Webinar: National Science Foundation Funding for Small Grants for High Risk/High Gain (EAGER) Maker Education Projects

On Thursday, November 3, STELAR hosted NSF Program Officers Bob Russell and Erick Jones as they presented a webinar on National Science Foundation funding for R&D education projects funded through the Dear Colleague Letter Catalyzing the Future of Making (NSF 15-086).

Building on NSF's early investments in Making, the purpose of this Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) is to encourage EAGER proposals to conduct exploratory work in its early stages on untested, but potentially transformative, research ideas or approaches that advance the frontier of knowledge with respect to STEM learning and design thinking.

An overview of specific requirements for submitting an EAGER proposal was provided, as well as an in-depth Q&A session including many tips on writing competitive NSF grant proposals. This DCL is due on December 15.

View the event recording and presentation materials on the STELAR site!   

You Should Know...

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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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