The Learning Partnership celebrates STEM Education Day today. Our mission is to promote STEM equity and educational excellence by building school district capacity for continuous improvement to engage, inspire and elevate all students. Through our long-term partnerships with schools, districts, and community organizations, we collaboratively engage in rigorous research that both informs solutions and contributes to educational theory.

Listed below are STEM education resources and research from The Learning Partnership. 

Journey to El Yunque

Journey to El Yunque is a real-life science adventure for middle school students. It is unlike other science projects. Filled with mystery, humor, and adventure, this interactive program gives students the opportunity to analyze data and model the work of ecologists in the El Yunque rainforest of Puerto Rico. Students address the ongoing research question of, "What will happen to the rainforest if severe hurricanes strike the rainforest more frequently?" 

To request a demonstration email demo@elyunque.net

Recent Research: 

Taking Students on a Journey to El Yunque

Engaging Middle School Students in Authentic Scientific Practices Can Enhance Their Understanding of Ecosystem Response to Hurricane Disturbance

Data Jam

Students use ecological data collected by scientists in the El Yunque National Forest in Puerto Rico to investigate a scientific question of their own choosing and create a project that presents their data in a non-traditional way.  An important component of the activity is encouraging students to get creative.  Project examples include children’s books, raps, videos, models, presentations, and infographics.

Recent Research:

Getting Students Jazzed about Critical Zone: Engaging Students in Authentic Inquiry through Data Jam

Geospatial Semester

Students develop geospatial problem-solving skills using GIS and apply those skills to local problems. The goal is to understand how the GIS can be adapted to meet the needs of Chicago Public Schools (CPS) and to create a sustainable infrastructure to support GIS-infused instruction in CPS. Given the widespread, career-relevant applications of geospatial technologies, the project focuses in particular on the CPS Career and Technical Education (CTE) program, which serves groups currently underrepresented in STEM careers, with the goal of building career-relevant GIS skills in the pathways students are already pursuing.

Recent Research:

Design-based Research in GIS-Infused Disciplinary Courses: Toward a Design Framework