TeacherTECH National Partner Resources

Explore this guide to projects undertaken by and in association with partners of the San Diego Supercomputer Center. With an emphasis on how projects may be used by students, teachers, science and engineering professionals, and the general public, we invite everyone to take advantage of the wide variety of useful tools and resources generated by our collaborating partner organizations.

Online Science Tools from our National Partners

Biology Student Workbench
Contacts: Deanna Raineri, Brant Palmer, University of Illinois at Urbana, Champaign

This project promotes the use of molecular data in the identification and exploration of biological problems with an evolutionary perspective throughout undergraduate and K-12 biology curricula. Instructors and students have access to the same powerful state-of-the-art bioinformatics tools used by the research community through a cognitively supportive environment. Students investigate current problems in biology using molecular biology tools and skills.

Contacts: Ethel Standley, Beloit University

The BioQUEST Curriculum Consortium actively supports educators interested in the reform of undergraduate biology and engages in the collaborative development of curricula. The use of simulations, databases and tools are encouraged to construct learning environments where students are able to engage in activities like those of practicing scientists.

Contact: Patricia Schank, SRI International

ChemSense is an NSF-funded research project that examines the impact of representational tools, chemical investigations, and classroom discourse on chemistry learning. Partners include the University of Michigan and four California high schools.
Collaboratively, software and activities are being developed to help students investigate, construct, and discuss ideas in chemistry.

Computational Science Education Reference Desk
Contacts: David Joiner, Steve Stevenson, Shodor Education Foundation, Clemson University

The Computational Science Education Reference Desk (CSERD) serves as a first stop online for undergraduate and pre-college educators who are interested in learning how computer modeling can improve education. CSERD collects and catalogues the best examples of reviewed materials and showcases original content aligning math and science curricula with national standards.

Contact: Susan Ragan, Maryland Virtual High School

The goal of the CoreModels project is to provide high school science and math teachers with modeling and visualization activities that will enhance student understanding of complex concepts. These activities, developed and classroom-tested by Maryland teachers, address students’ diverse learning styles and meet national standards in science and mathematics.

Fun Math Lessons
Contact: Cynthia Lanius, Houston Unified School District

The mathematics lessons web site developed at Rice University contains math activities and information from counting to calculus for kindergarten through high school students. This site can support classroom instruction, or provide material for family educational activities.

Girls Engaged in Math and Science (GEMS)
Contact: Edee Norman Wiziecki, NCSA

The GEMS (Girls Engaged in Mathematics and Science) program is a collaborative effort between NCSA, Illinois schools, and other organizations to encourage girls’ interests and competencies in science, mathematics, and technology. The GEMS program establishes a support network of mentors and peers for girls from middle school through high school and provides them with opportunities to speak and work with scientists

The Inquiry Page
Contact: Chip Bruce, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

The Inquiry Page is a website and collaborative research project devoted to inquiry-based learning, or the natural desire to learn, create, interact with others, and derive meaning from our experiences. The Inquiry Page is open to anyone who wants to join and represents a collaboration of people from all walks of life who form communities of inquiry around questions of authentic and shared interest.

Mathematics, Science and Technology Education (MSTE)
Contact: George Reese, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

MSTE’s goal is to serve as a model-builder for innovative, standards-based, technology-intensive mathematics and science instruction at the K-16 levels. Teachers are encouraged to explore the free, online, standards-based, interactive mathematics professional development materials for late elementary and middle school levels.

nanoHUB- Network for Computational Nanotechnology
Contact: Krishna Madhavan, Purdue University

nanoHUB is a wonderful teacher resource that includes over thirty simulation tools in the areas of nanotechnology, chemistry, semiconductors, circuits and more. The site also offers online courses in nanoelectronics and computing.

National Computational Science Institute
Contact: Robert Panoff, Shodor Education Foundation

NCSI introduces the hands-on use of computational science, numerical models, and data visualization tools across the curriculum. Incorporated into the curriculum are web-accessible resources including on-line explorations, interactive curricula, and problem-based modeling modules, tools, and tutorials.

Project Interactivate
Contact: Bethany Hudnutt, Shodor Education Foundation

Project Interactivate features mathematics courseware developed by the Shodor Education Foundation in collaboration with classroom teachers, content experts, curriculum designers, and education technologists. The project contains more than 80 classroom-tested interactive activities and tools. Suggested lesson plans and discussions based on various concepts contained in the activities help support standards-based approaches to mathematics education.

Understanding Risk and Probability Through the Study of Hurricanes and Flooding
Contact: Steve Gordon, Ohio Supercomputer Center

Hurricane damages occur not only from high winds but also from unusually high rainfall and coastal storm surges. OSC has assembled available data for high school and undergraduate students in an ongoing project to use storm probabilities, historical storms, and their flooding impact, as well as land-use changes to predict the impact of a hurricane on inland flooding. Students can access the website to work on several educational modeling exercises that measure flood damage. Freely available curricula for the project is available at the web site listed below.