The NEW application deadline for inSTEP is April 15, 2014 and supporting documents are needed by April 22, 2014.


About the Program

Virginia Space Grant Consortium (VSGC) is pleased to announce the upcoming 2014-2016 inSTEP program for future STEM teachers. VSGC is coordinating the Integrative STEM for Pre-service Teachers (inSTEP) program to prepare 30 pre-service teachers to teach integrative STEM subjects.

VSGC is partnering with higher education institution partners, NASA Langley Research Center, and NASA Wallops Flight Facility.

inSTEP is open to rising juniors majoring in STEM, interested in teaching in grades 4-8, and attending an accredited higher education institutions in VA:

inSTEP will merge best practices in methodologies, pedagogy, and content to prepare teachers to bring integrative STEM education into diverse classrooms. As defined by Dr. John Wells and Dr. Jeremy Ernst at Virginia Tech, integrative STEM education is "the application of technological/engineering design based pedagogical approaches to intentionally teach content and practices of science and mathematics education concurrently with content and practices of technology/engineering education.”

    Project components include the following for students selected to participate:

  • $5,000 student scholarship for completion of two-year cohort
  • Two-week Summer Academy in Hampton, Virginia (July 6-19, 2014)
  • Experience Teaching in Extended-Day Programs
  • Two-day Follow-up Professional Development
  • Develop an Online Portfolio
  • Develop and Implement a Plan for Online Professional Development