National Science Foundation Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST) Grant

Date: 2/4/19
Principal Researchers: Jacqueline Leonard of the University of Wyoming Others Involved: Geeta Verma of CU Denver Funding: $1.2 Million funded by the National Science Foundation’s ITEST program. $76,534 of the grant funds are allocated to CU Denver.

The Bessie Coleman Project: Using Computer Modeling and Flight Simulation to Create STEM Pathways, funded by the National Science Foundation’s ITEST program, provides unique learning opportunities for underrepresented students in the Rocky Mountain and mid-Atlantic regions of the United States by leveraging Universal Design for Learning. $76,534 of the grant funds are allocated to CU DenverThe project, led by PI Jacqueline Leonard of the University of Wyoming, co-PI Geeta Verma of CU Denver and two additional co-PIs, is named for the first African-American woman to receive a pilot’s license. It explores three interventions for teachers and students in before- and after-school clubs and summer camps: 3-D computer modeling and game design to develop computational thinking (CT) and spatial visualization skills; flight simulation software along with drones and Raspberry Pis to apply CT to aviation and aerospace; and field trips and guest speakers to inform teachers and students about STEM-related careers.