Webinar on Smart and Connected Communities

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At the NSF-supported Next Generation STEM Learning for All Forum in November, seven presenters described how their work connects STEM learning with communities in need, how their work could shape schools of the future, and how to involve key systems and stakeholders in the development of these communities. In this STELAR webinar, NSF Senior Advisors will provide information about funding opportunities through Supporting Research Advances in Smart and Connected Communities and two of the Forum presenters will expand on their Forum presentations and will consider how ITEST projects may be able to connect to the Smart and Connected Communities work. Webinar participants will both learn about specific projects and how others are putting Smart and Connected Communities into practice.


  • Eamonn Kelly is Senior Advisor in the Education and Human Resources Directorate at the National Science Foundation
  • John Cherniavsky is Senior Advisor in the Division of Research on Learning and is responsible for cyberinfrastructure and big data activities in EHR/ERL at the National Science Foundation
  • Lauren Birney, Ed.D., works collaboratively with STEM partners in creating K-16 STEM opportunities, defining curriculum and assessment systems, and creating pathways for Environmental and Citizen Science. As Director of the STEM Collaboratory NYC™ she leads in establishing corporate funding partners. 
  • Leslie Rupert Herrenkohl, Ph.D., is co-director of the 3DL Partnership and professor in the Learning Sciences and Human Development Program at the University of Washington. She collaborates with practitioners to create STEM environments that are conceptually rich, and personally and culturally meaningful.

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