Past Projects

Central Nevada Educational Technology Consortium (CNETC): CNETC was funded by the state of Nevada's Enhancing Education Through Technology (EETT) initiative and the No Child Left Behind Act. It provided a unique opportunity to serve the students, parents and educators of central Nevada. Eight Nevada school districts--Churchill, Douglas, Esmeralda, Lincoln, Lyon, Mineral, Nye and Pershing--formed the consortium, each of which was served by two district teachers. The district teachers were given intensive instruction in technology integration in train-the-trainer workshops. Armed with this knowledge, the trainers themselves conducted free professional development workshops in their home districts for local teachers interested in technology education. CNETC provided technology integration instruction for central Nevada from 2003 to 2005.

Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation Research (NEESR): NEESR, funded by the National Science Foundation, was an engineering-based program which focused on the seismic performances of nonstructural systems. This five-year grant allowed for the Civil Engineering department at the University of Nevada to work with ten other universities and institutions from around the nation and helped fund the building of the NEES equipment site on the UNR campus. This shake table facility was used to test and conduct research on geotechnical and structural systems in regard to earthquake engineering. Due to the educational impact of the facility, it has been used not only for undergraduate and graduate research, but also for K-12 engineering programs and community outreach. The Raggio Research Center concentrated on K-12 outreach in partnering with the Dean's Future Scholars program to host a summer engineering camp.

Nevada K-12 Engineering and Education Programs (KEEP): Nevada KEEP was funded in a collaborative effort by the University of Nevada's Deans of Education, Engineering and Science. The program hosted a series of seminars in the Raggio Research Center for local high school juniors and seniors who are interested in pursuing careers in the STEM disciplines. Local researchers, professors and industry professionals came to present, share their experiences and engage with students. The program ran from 2002 to 2007.

Nevada Pathway Leadership Project: The Nevada Pathway Project grew out of the Nevada Educational Technology Plan and statewide concern about student engagement and achievement. Participating teachers and administrators took part in a two-year professional development program, funded by Federal ARRA, focused on recognizing and addressing the needs of 21st-century students through the framework of the revised Nevada Educational Technology Standards. While the Nevada Pathway Project focused on teacher professional development, the Pathway Leadership Project was conceived to challenge and change administrator attitudes and behaviors regarding technology use. Participating administrators from all 17 Nevada counties were trained in the use of current technology.

Newton Network: The Newton Network is designed to serve the teachers of Nevada by providing opportunities and communication to which they might not otherwise have access.

Project Learning Links: Project Learning Links was funded by the Department of Education's Preparing Tomorrow's Teachers to Use Technology (PT3) initiative and was led by a group of partner organizations: the University of Nevada, SBC Nevada, the Nevada Public Broadcasting Service, the Nevada Department of Education, Washoe County School District, Truckee Meadows Community College and the Northeast Nevada Technology Consortium. Project Learning Links sought to improve the technology proficiency of pre-service teachers by supporting change in the teacher education program to promote technology integration. Master Teachers in the were selected as consultants for their technological expertise and the program held seminars to promote faculty development in technology integration. Project Learning Links lasted from 2001 to 2003.

Roadside Heritage: The Roadside Heritage program, a three-year grant funded by the National Science Foundation, was designed to capture the interest of scenic byway travelers and rural communities by revealing the wealth of STEM content inherent in rural landscapes, interpreted through the project's deliverables of audio stories, community festival kits of tabletop exhibits, youth enrichment classes, and an interactive website. While creating this unique opportunity for travelers, Roadside Heritage also extended its benefits to a rural population in Eastern California that has been underserved by informal science education. Youth and other residents from the byway communities contributed to the project as they played a central role in the interpretation of the region's contributions to scientific achievement.

Rural Science Teachers Teaching with Technology (RST3): Funded through the No Child Left Behind Act, the purpose of RST3 was to enhance technology integration in middle school science classrooms. Participants in the program's weekend professional development seminars were given a technology package for classroom and home use and were expected to use their training to develop two science units per semester with integrated technology and provide student data to the grant. RST3 was active from 2004 to 2005.

Teachers Integrating Engineering into Science (TIES): The TIES program, funded by the National Science Foundation, was a collaboration among the Raggio Research Center, the University of Nevada's College of Education, and Churchill, Clark and Douglas County School Districts. TIES offered middle school teachers the opportunity to learn and use engineering content and design to teach science units in their classrooms. Participants created web-based simulations of science concepts that served to introduce their students to a particular system of variables. Students performed the simulations, collected and analyzed the data, and designed, built and tested prototypes of the system based on their knowledge of the simulation. The TIES program was active from 2004 to 2006.

Technology in Teacher Education - Nevada (TITE-N): Project TITE-N, a grant through the Department of Education's Preparing Tomorrow's Teachers to Use Technology (PT3) initiative, was a collaboration between the University of Nevada, the University of North Texas and Truckee Meadows Community College. TITE-N sought to further technology proficiency in pre-service teachers. Each year, the program selected Student Technology Integration Consultants (STICs) from the students in the College of Education. These STICs participated in an intensive three-week Summer Institute on classroom technology integration, received equipment to use during their time in the program, and agreed to complete their internships in technology-rich classrooms, preferably in rural Nevada school districts. TITE-N was active from 2004 to 2006.

The Earth as a Classroom (TEAC): The Earth as a Classroom was funded by the Nevada Collaborative Teaching Improvement Program (NeCoTIP) and was a collaboration between the Raggio Research Center and the Nevada Seismological Network. This course in teacher professional development engaged participants in the study of Earth Science with a focus on active tectonics, seismicity and related geology. Participants were taken on a six-day field experience to locations including Lake Tahoe and Mammoth Lakes, California. TEAC provided this professional development in Earth science from 2006 to 2007.

Young Scientists' Lab (YSL): The Young Scientists' Lab was a partnership between the Raggio Research Center and Washoe County School District designed to provide hands-on science education to students in grades 3-5. Classes were brought to the Raggio Center and organized into small groups. The groups rotated through several lab stations, which explained and provided hands-on learning in topics including gravity, electricity, communications media and sensory organs. The Young Scientists' Lab expanded science education for Washoe County elementary students from 2003 to 2007.