Stony Brook University received a $150,000 planning grant from the National Science Foundation to support a national program that will create science programming for educators. The funding was awarded to the National Center for Science and Civic Engagement (NCSCE), a research center within Stony Brook’s Department of Technology and Society, in partnership with the National Informal STEM Education Network (NISE Net), a community of educators and scientists dedicated to fostering public awareness, engagement and understanding of current STEM topics.
Eliza Jane Reilly, NCSCE deputy executive director for programs and co-principal investigator of the grant, says that the funding will foster new collaboration and synergy between Stony Brook’s NCSCE and NISE Net through the creation of science programming for the general public. Through this collaborative effort, they will identify themes and approaches to magnify their goal of helping educators engage broad audiences by making connections between science and real world issues of civic importance nationally and globally.
Reilly has been affiliated with the NCSCE’s signature program, Science Education for New Civic Engagements and Responsibilities (SENCER), for 16 years as a senior scholar, general editor of the SENCER Course Model series, and co-editor of Science Education and Civic Engagement: An International Journal.