Current Projects

RRC Field Projects

CBESS (The Community of Bilingual English-Spanish Speakers Exploring Issues in Science and Health):  The CBESS program is a five-year, multi-collaborative, multi-disciplinary initiative funded by the National Institutes of Health on September 1, 2017. It is a Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA), a highly prestigious and competitive award that aims to increase linguistic diversity in STEM and health care fields. The College of Education is partnering with the School of Medicine (SOM) to create a pipeline between bilingual K-12 students and higher education to foster a Community of Practice of STEM healthcare professionals and Spanish-English speakers. For K-12 participants (Student Researchers), the program will include bilingually-supported career exploration, an intensive residential summer research experience, year-round near-peer mentoring from UNR students, and community outreach and dissemination experiences. Our Student Researchers will also have an opportunity to apply for research internship opportunities in the UNR School of Medicine. Another component of the CBESS program is the training of Leadership Trainees (LT) to assist, guide, and mentor the Student Researchers. LTs will be trained by UNR faculty in mentoring skills and inquiry-based science instruction, as well as the knowledge to help position the Student Researchers as insiders into STEM fields. This project seeks to encurage bilingual students to pursue higher education and participate in science and health workforces.

NNEETTI: The Northern Nevada Energy Efficiency Teacher Training Initiative (NNEETTI) program is intended to train grade 7-12 teachers in innovative energy efficiency technology content, which will allow them to engage students in authentic data access, manipulation, and analysis. Teachers and students alike will be able to research energy phenomena in order to create energy saving solutions for their schools. Funding is provided by the Nevada Department of Education Math/Science Partnership Grant.

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.