Current Projects

Project ReCharge:  The Raggio Research Center for STEM Education was  awarded a very competitive National Science Foundation (NSF) Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST) grant entitled Project ReCharge.  A collaboration between the University of Nevada, Reno, the Washoe County School District (WCSD), and Envirolution, Project ReCharge engages teachers and students to interface with real-time data through innovative energy efficiency technologies and empowers them to make energy saving recommendations for their schools. 

NERDS: Nevada Educators Really Doing Solar is a year-long program at the Raggio Research Center, funded by the EPSCoR Nexus grant.  Teachers from the state of Nevada participate in the program which focuses on professional development in science teaching with research in education.  The NERDS program is dedicated to helping teachers develop their skills in teaching science and solar energy through the process of inquiry.

SCIP:  The STEM Career Investigation Program offers Washoe County high school students the opportunity to observe current scientific and engineering research being conducted by scientists and engineers from the University of Nevada, Reno.  In addition, students will learn about research within STEM related businesses outside of the educational institution and within our community.  The program, part of EPSCoR Nexus, is excellent exposure for students to realize careers in many specialized areas of science and engineering. The program includes a series of six seminars which are scheduled for February and March, 2015 at the Raggio Research Center for STEM education, UNR

K-12 Seismic Network:  The Nevada Seismological Laboratory is a research division within the College of Science at the University of Nevada, Reno. The Laboratory has overall responsibility for instrumental studies of earthquakes in the Nevada region. The laboratory operates a statewide network of seismographic stations and investigates the sizes, frequencies of occurrence, and distribution of earthquakes in the region, and other problems related to seismic risk in Nevada.

NNELI: Northern Nevada English Learning Initiative: The NNELI program is a National Professional Development grant program funded by the United States Department of Education. The grant was fully funded in May, 2012 by the Office of English Language Acquisition of the United States Department of Education. It is expected to continue for five years, with a total grant award of almost two million dollars ($1,935,167.) NNELI’s purpose is to improve instruction to English Learners (ELs) by providing professional development opportunities for pre-service and classroom teachers as well as paraprofessionals in Northern Nevada. The grant will assist with tuition for four classes leading to an ESL endorsement for pre-service teachers as well as 2 additional courses- one in Sheltered Instruction in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) and the other in Academic Language in STEM. Classroom teachers will also receive graduate credit for taking the two  STEM-related courses, but must already hold an ESL endorsement. Paraprofessionals in WCSD working with ELs will be recruited beginning in year 2 for nine free online modules that will serve their specific needs in the classroom. Tuition assistance includes payment of per-credit, in-State registration fee, and surcharge; students are responsible for all other per-credit mandatory and out-of-State tuition charges. The Northern Nevada English Learning Initiative (NNELI) will also help cover the costs of texts for NNELI courses.