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Connected Chemistry Curriculum Featured in STEM for All Video Showcase

Dr. Mike Stieff, Associate Professor of Learning Sciences and Chemistry at UIC, is featured in the 2018 STEM for All Video Showcase funded by the National Science Foundation.  The event, held online, is open now through May 21st at

The presentation, entitled “The Connected Chemistry Curriculum”, looks at the eponymous self-contained chemistry curriculum that uses project-designed visualization software to improve representational competence and facilitate learning in secondary chemistry. Through previous work, the curriculum has been expanded to more than 100 molecular-level simulations and 120 days of instructional activities, which have been implemented in 30 U.S. states and 10 countries. The current project aims to evaluate the efficacy of the curriculum for supporting scientific argumentation and the development of representational competence to improve chemistry learning. The project was funded by the US Department of Education Institute of Education Sciences (Grant # R305A170074).

Now in its fourth year, the annual showcase will feature over 200 innovative projects aimed at improving STEM learning and teaching, which have been funded by the National Science Foundation and other federal agencies. During the weeklong, event researchers, practitioners, policy makers and members of the public are invited to view the short videos, discuss them with the presenters online, and vote for their favorites.

The theme for this year’s event is “Transforming the Educational Landscape.” Video presentations cover a wide range of topics including science, mathematics, computer science, engineering, cyberlearning, citizen science, maker spaces, mentoring, informal learning, professional development, research and evaluation, NGSS and the Common Core. The videos highlight initiatives for students of all ages – kindergarten through graduate school, as well as those for adult learners.

Last year’s STEM for All Video Showcase is still being accessed, and to date has had over 51,000 unique visitors from over 189 countries.

The STEM for All Video Showcase is created and hosted by TERC a non-profit, research and development organization, located in Cambridge MA.  TERC partners with six NSF funded resource centers MSPnet, CADRE, CAISE, CIRCL, STELAR, CS for All Teachers. The Showcase is funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation (#1642187).


Congratulations to Dr. Stieff and his team!