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CIESE Funded Programs

Since 1988, CIESE has received more than $50 million in grants, contracts, and awards from the U.S. Department of Education, the NJ Department of Education and Commission on Higher Education, the National Science Foundation, and a range of other public agencies, corporate and private foundations, and school district sources to implement curriculum development, teacher professional development, and research programs.

Selected programs are described below:

DRK-12: Project Infuse (2011-2016)
A partnership involving five universities and funded by the National Science Foundation, this project is studying how high school science teachers in different disciplines learn engineering concepts and how they introduce those concepts in the classroom. This 5-year, $3 million project will involve infusing curriculum materials in biology and physics with engineering concepts and design activities and measuring teacher and student understanding of the concepts.

STEAM: Integrating Art into STEM through Engineering Design (2011-2012)
This professional development pilot program funded by the Dodge Foundation infuses art into science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) curricula by bringing together art and science or technology teachers to explore connections and develop lessons for classroom use.

iSTEM: An Integrated STEM Professional Development Pilot Program (2011-2012)
This pilot program in the Diocese of Paterson provides integrated science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) workshops and classroom support to middle school science, math, and technology teachers from eight schools. Emphasis is on core content areas in STEM education and which emphasize 21 st century skills, such as problem-solving, global telecollaboration, creativity and innovation, and communication. Students are engaged in design, problem-solving, decision-making and investigative activities.

Partnership to Improve Student Achievement in Physical Science: Integrating STEM Approaches (PISA2) (2010 2015)
PISA2 is a $11.5M National Science Foundation-sponsored Math-Science Partnership program which aims to significantly increase the quantity, quality and diversity of Grades 3-8 physical science teachers. The partnership includes 12 socio-economically diverse NJ school districts and will impact 400 in-service teachers, 50 STEM undergraduates and 120 school and district administrators.

Curriculum Topic Study to Enhance Achievement in Mathematics and Science (C-TEAMS) (2010-2013)
This three -year, $1.7 million NJ Dept. of Education Math-Science Partnership program utilizes a research-based methodology, Curriculum Topic Study, to provide multi-grade level teacher teams from partner districts with intensive professional development designed to deepen teachers' science and mathematics content knowledge and pedagogical content knowledge through an intensive investigation of the NJ Core Curriculum Content Standards.

Systems Engineering Capstone Project
A $2.5 million U.S. Department of Defense research effort in collaboration with the Systems Engineering Research Center (SERC) based at Stevens and 10 universities, this project is researching strategies and practices to infuse systems engineering concepts and increase learning and career interest in systems engineering through undergraduate and graduate capstone projects.

PSEG Energy & Engineering Institute (2009 2011)
Sponsored by PSEG, this annual teacher institute is designed to strengthen middle school teachers' understanding of energy and related physical science topics through an engineering design challenge.

Student Innovation Camp (2011)
Funded through an NSF Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM) in recognition of CIESE's expertise, encouragement, and mentoring of teachers and students in science and engineering, this summer camp experience held at Stevens expose d middle school students to examples of successful innovation techniques, highlighting inventions and patents of faculty and graduates and provided a hands-on approach to identifying problems and developing solutions.

Build IT Underwater Robotics Scale-Up for STEM Learning and Workforce Development (BISU) Project (2009-2014)
BISU is a $2.5 million NSF-sponsored program expands the BULD IT program to 4 hub sites in 4 cities to reach up to 12,000 youth, with a focus on girls and underserved minorities, through formal and after-school education programs over five years. Partners include the National Girls Collaborative Project, the League for Innovation in the Community College, the International Technology Educators Association, and initial hub sites, Sinclair Community College and the Texas Girls Collaborative Project. Research and evaluation partners include Teachers College at Columbia University and Evaluation and Research Associates.

Effects of Technology and Engineering on Science Education (2009-2012)
This $1.4 million NSF Discovery Research K-12 grant partners CIESE/Stevens with the NJ Department of Education and Portland State University to develop curriculum materials that will integrate bioengineering and chemical engineering activities into high school biology and chemistry classes in order to understand the impact on science learning of students who engage in an engineering design activity.

BUILD IT: Building STEM and IT Skills and Career Interests (2008 – 2009)
The Motorola Foundation funded the expansion of the BUILD IT project to eight middle and high schools in New York City. Sixteen teachers and over 200 students engaged in designing, building and controlling underwater robots.

21 st Century Community Learning Center (2008 – 2013)
In partnership with the Red Bank Borough School District and with funding from the New Jersey Department of Education, CIESE prepared grades 4 – 8 teachers to implement STEM curricula with their students in the areas of life science, earth science and physical science as well as in engineering.

Systems and Global Engineering (SAGE)Project (2008-2010)
Funded by the Edison Venture Fund, this groundbreaking initiative has introduced systems engineering and globally-distributed collaboration to high school students throughout the U.S.

Tres Bosques (2009-2010)
Through a partnership with IEARN USA, CIESE provided professional development programs on forest ecology with field excursions to Black Rock Forest, NY; Washington DC; and the Dominican Republic for 20 educators.

Montclair Public Schools Middle School Math Program (2009-2010 & 2011-2012)
CIESE has collaborated with the Montclair Public School district to provide mathematics coaching services and classroom support to strengthen student achievement at the middle school level.

Department of Homeland Security (2009-2010)
CIESE conducted professional development workshops related to the content/themes of the DHS Maritime Security Center of Excellence at Stevens for select members of the Build IT project. Participants used the LEGO equipment and training for an advanced project using technologies that are part of port/maritime security (RFID and underwater sensors.)

BUILD IT (2006-2009)
This $1.2 million comprehensive NSF ITEST project provided over 2,600 students from socioeconomically and racially diverse middle and high schools throughout New Jersey with intensive, in-class IT experiences in the design, construction, and programming of underwater robotic vehicles.

Partnership to Improve Student Achievement (PISA) (2007-2010)
This New Jersey Department of Education sponsored mathematics and science partnership among Stevens Institute of Technology, Montclair State University, and Liberty Science Center, provided Grades 3-5 teachers from Jersey City, Hoboken, Bayonne, Newark, Weehawken, and Piscataway with high quality, research-based, classroom-focused professional development, innovative curricula and materials, and a dynamic and supportive learning community designed to address topics in key content areas in life, earth, and physical sciences and technology education.

Honeywell Teachers for the 21st Century (2007-2010)
With funding from Honeywell Hometown Solutions, CIESE provided professional development to Jersey City and other New Jersey middle school science teachers to engage them in proven strategies that use technology-supported science curricula, combined with hands-on science investigations, to increase student interest and achievement in science.

Engineering Our Future New Jersey (2006-2010)
This Stevens initiative was designed to promote engineering and technology education in elementary, middle and high schools throughout New Jersey. With support from Verizon, CIESE has provided professional development to over 2,000 K-12 teachers throughout New Jersey by partnering with school districts, other institutions of higher education, and related engineering, technology, science and research organizations.

Research in Engineering Education (RIEE) (2004-2010)
A joint initiative between CIESE and the School of Engineering, this project seeks to create innovative tools and pioneer new instructional methodologies to increase student learning, engagement, and persistence in technological fields. Through funding from the New Jersey Department of the Treasury, 17 Stevens faculty members have received catalyst grants to improve and enhance undergraduate engineering, science, and mathematics education  to address critical and pervasive challenges in engineering education worldwide, such as deepening student understanding of an ever-increasing breadth of technical knowledge needed by engineers; increasing student engagement and interaction in large lecture classes; infusing systems thinking earlier in an undergraduate's education; and making stronger connections between undergraduate coursework and relevant, real-world problems.

Four Rivers, One World (2007-2008)
In collaboration with iEARN, CIESE conducted teacher professional development workshops on water quality testing and analysis. The workshops will consist of hands-on, on-location training for teachers in New Jersey, New York, Bangladesh, Nepal, and India.

Pathways Project (2003-2007)
The Pathways Project was envisioned to fill a critical need in preparing tomorrow's teachers. Involving faculty from 33 community colleges over four years in Internet-based training, Pathways was designed to promote best practices using technology-based instruction. This $1.5 million initiative sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education, included a faculty training program called the "Savvy Cyber Professor," a library of over 200 Internet-based "Real World Learning Objects" and membership in an online community to support course implementation.

New Jersey Community College Strategic Partnership (NJCC SP) (2004-2007)
In collaboration with six New Jersey County Colleges (Burlington, Camden, Essex, Hudson, Mercer, and Middlesex), this faculty training program focused on improving teaching and learning in P-12 science, mathematics, and technology, and extended the US DOE funded Pathways project. NJCC SP infused dynamic, research-based teaching methods—those that utilize Internet-based real world data—into the preservice education of New Jersey’s teachers in order to increase student interest and achievement in science and mathematics in grades P-12.

Collaborative Research of Mid-Atlantic COSEE: Center for Ocean Science Education Excellence (2003-2007)
A partnership among: Center for Environmental Science / University of Maryland (CES), Center for Innovation in Engineering and Science Education (CIESE)/Stevens Institute of Technology, Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Hampton University, Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve (JCNERR), Mid-Atlantic Bight National Undersea Research Program, New York Aquarium, Rutgers University Institute for Marine and Coastal Sciences (IMCS), University of Delaware College of Marine Studies, and the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS). The goal of the NSF funded $2.5 million, five-year partnership was to integrate research and education programs to encourage lifelong learning experiences for everyone. COSEE aimed especially to reach out to K-12 educators, students (K-16), coastal managers, families, and underserved audiences. COSEE-Mid-Atlantic used Coastal Observing Systems in an effort to attain its goal and to promote awareness and understanding of our oceans.

Elizabeth Public School District (2001-2011)
In this long-term district partnership, CIESE worked with middle school mathematics teachers to improve teaching and learning through technology. Initial work with 11 schools and 120 teachers resulted in an increase in district test scores. This led to an extended partnership funded through the New Jersey MATRIX grant.

Passaic Math Achievement to Realize Individual eXcellence (MATRIX)   (2004-2007)
This three-year partnership with the Passaic-City School District aimed to improve sixth, seventh, and eighth grade student achievement in mathematics through ongoing teacher professional development and in-class support that focuses on effectively integrating technology into teaching and learning.

Elizabeth Math Achievement to Realize Individual eXcellence (MATRIX) (2004-2007)
This three-year partnership with Elizabeth Public Schools aimed to increase student achievement in mathematics in grades six through eight by providing classroom teachers with ongoing professional development and in-class support that focused on integrating technology into the curriculum and instruction. CIESE worked with Elizabeth Public Schools to align authentic mathematic problems and activities to the district curriculum and develop a cadre of core mentor teachers in the district.

GEAR-UP College Knowledge Passaic (2005-2006)
In partnership with Passaic Public Schools, CIESE provided high quality hands-on mathematics professional development to teachers of seventh grade students. The GEAR UP program is a discretionary grant program of the U.s. Department of Education designed to increase the number of low-income students who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education.

Students Using Technology to Achieve Reading/Writing (STAR*W) (2003-2006)
CIESE collaborated with Hoboken Public Schools in this three-year, $750,000 partnership to increase student achievement in Language Arts Literacy in grades three through five through the use of technology. CIESE administered, implemented and provided all services for this grant, which was funded by the New Jersey Department of Education.

Trenton Savvy Cyber Teacher ® (2004-2008)
For over ten years, Public Service Electric & Gas (PSE&G) has enabled CIESE to bring its Internet-based curriculum and professional development training to schools across the state of New Jersey. PSE&G has funded the Savvy Cyber Teacher®professional development program, whereby 30-hours of hands-on professional development is being provided to elementary teachers in the Trenton school district.

Enhancing the Capacity of Math and Science Teachers (2004-2005)
This $20,000 planning conference gathered faculty from several prestigious independent colleges across the country to explore the possible use and necessary adaptations of a faculty development program for college faculty who teach preservice teachers. The program, called the Savvy Cyber Professor, was developed and implemented in partnership with community colleges under the Pathways Project umbrella.

Teaching Math with Technology (TMT) in Piscataway (2004-2005)
In a one-year program partnership, with $85,000 funded by the NJ Department of Education's P-12 Higher Education/Public School Partnership grant program, CIESE collaborated with Piscataway Township Schools to provide 40 hours of hands-on professional development, teacher mentoring and web-based support in Piscataway Township’s three middle schools to improve student mathematics achievement through technology.

Stevens/Hoboken Partnership (2002-2005)
This four-year, in-district technology program was designed to teach effective use of Internet resources in the K-12 classroom, including web page building and in-class support.

New Jersey Statewide Systemic Initiative (NJSSI) (1994-2004)
Serving Hudson and Bergen Counties, CIESE served as a Regional Center and Specialty Site for NJSSI’s science, mathematics, and technology education outreach and dissemination program. CIESE collaborated with school and district administrators and teachers to promote rigorous, standards-based curriculum and professional development opportunities for K-12 science, mathematics, technology, and general classroom teachers and served as a facilitator to help schools and districts identify useful resources to strengthen teaching and learning in these core subjects.

New Jersey High-Tech Workforce Excellence: K-12 Partnership Enhancement (2000-2003) This was a $1 million, three-year program funded by the New Jersey Department of Education to enhance opportunities for educationally and economically disadvantaged students by increasing their interest and participation in science, math and technology education. CIESE provided intensive professional development to science, math, and technology teachers from the Newark, Jersey City, Irvington, Passaic, Elizabeth, Union City and Keansburg public school systems to strengthen teaching and learning in science, mathematics, and other core subjects through the meaningful integration of Internet-based curriculum resources. CIESE worked with 30 K-8 schools and 30 high schools to engage students in authentic investigations of real-world phenomena, including collaboration with scientists, engineers and other experts located around the world. Dr. Gayle W. Griffin, Assistant Superintendent for the Newark Public Schools was quoted for attributing “dramatic increases in students' science achievement scores…in those schools that worked with Stevens...”

Ciberaprendiz (2002-2003)
Ciber@prendiz: Aplicaciones de la Internet para el Aprendizaje Educativo (AIAE) was a curriculum and technology based teacher professional development pilot project sponsored by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). This project focused on preparing educators and administrators from Costa Rica, Ecuador, and Perú in the use of "Unique and Compelling" educational applications of the Internet in their classrooms.

National Internet in Education Teaching Program: Alliance + (1998-2003)
presents a proven model for wide-scale dissemination of teacher professional development in the use of technology in K-12 education. This $9.2 million, five-year initiative awarded by the U.S. Department of Education led to the piloting of the Savvy Cyber Teacher ® professional development program, in which over 8,000 teachers participated. To learn more about this professional development program, visit

Afghan Women's Program (2003)
CIESE received a grant from the US State Department's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs' Citizens Exchange Office to undertake an intensive summer training program for nine women science and mathematics instructors from universities in Afghanistan. The program provided professional development in mathematics, science and educational technology to support classroom learning in Afghanistan’s high schools.

Applying Technology and Triarchic Enhancement to Instruction and Assessment in a School Science Curriculum
This NSF-sponsored research project, conducted in collaboration with the PACE Center at Yale University, investigated the effects of triarchic instruction and real-time Internet learning on instructional outcomes. Student achievement in high school physics was evaluated based on learning with/without triarchic instruction and with/without use of computers.

NASA/CIESE Partnership (1997-2001)
CIESE partnered with NASA's Goddard Space Center in a telementoring project to engage and motivate disadvantaged Hispanic and Latino students and their teachers in science. The Stevens/NASA telecollaborative partnership paired engineers and researchers with teachers and their Hispanic students in grades five through nine. The schools involved were the Joseph Brandt Middle School in Hoboken, School 40 in Jersey City, and four schools in Union City: Woodrow Wilson School, Roosevelt School, Edison School and Union Hill High School.

Internet Knowledge Exploration (IKE) (1998-2001)
With support from the 1998 New Jersey Department of Education Eisenhower Professional Development program, CIESE partnered with the Paterson, New Brunswick, and Bayonne school districts in New Jersey in an intensive elementary school professional development effort focused on improving teacher proficiency with educational technology. The program utilized Internet-based communications tools and curriculum resources in grades 4-6 in science, mathematics and language arts/literacy. CIESE collaborated with Bank Street College and St. Peter's College in the development and delivery of professional development activities in the area of language arts. St. Peter's College incorporated the use of Internet-based resources into their teacher education programs based on the CIESE model.

Science LINK (1998-2001)
With funding from the AT&T Foundation, 30 middle school teachers from Paterson, Passaic, and Plainfield Public Schools were engaged in an intensive, three-year developmental process to learn the tools and techniques of the Internet and to discover compelling curriculum applications which engage students in authentic investigations of science.

Project LINK (1998)
In collaboration with Teaching Matters Inc. (TMI), CIESE worked with New York City school districts to bring its Internet-based curriculum materials and approaches to middle school mathematics and science educators. Funding was provided by Pfizer Inc., the Greenwall Foundation, Chase Manhattan Bank, Union Carbide, and others along with the districts themselves.

New Jersey Networking Infrastructure in Education (NJNIE) (1994-1997)
This $2.9 million, three-year project funded by the National Science Foundation was one of the first in the country to explore Internet application in K-12 science and mathematics. CIESE worked with approximately 3,000 teachers from 700 schools across the state of New Jersey, resulting in the development of Savvy Cyber Teacher ® and a library of Internet-based real time data and collaborative projects for K-12 science and mathematics.


Grants for Curriculum Development
CIESE has been contracted by a variety of agencies to develop curricular materials using real-time data and global telecollaboration. For a listing of curriculum development projects, visit our curriculum development page.

For More Information Please Contact:

Pat Slater


Stevens Institute of Technology
Professional Development Programs