Project STEM Starters in funded by a five-year Research and Development Jacob K. Javits Grant from the U.S. Department of Education. Principal Investigators: Dr. Alicia Cotabish and Dr. Ann Robinson.
Four (4) major components of Project STEM Starters:
- Professional Development (STEM Starters Summits and STEM Starters Institutes),
- Inquiry-Based Science Curriculum
- Supplemental Materials Development
- Technical Assistance (Peer Coaching and Evaluation Teams).
STEM Starters is a āscale-upā project based on two gifted education models that produced learning gains in students (William and Mary science curriculum) and in educators (Arkansas Evaluation Initiative in Gifted Education, AEI) in scientifically-based research studies. The project components, goals, objectives and activities focus on increased identification of gifted students from underrepresented groups, increased science learning for gifted students in grades 2 through 5 in five schools, and increased knowledge and skills in gifted education and in the STEM disciplines for their educators.