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Partnership for Science and Engineering Practices (PSEP)


The Partnership for Science and Engineering Practices (PSEP) unites school district leaders, STEM professionals, regional professional development providers, and science education researchers to lead large-scale implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards across multiple school districts.  The program is working to increase student learning of Science and Engineering Practices and Disciplinary Core Ideas through improved quality of instruction. 


Building Bridges to Bioengineering (B3)

This program focuses on Under-Represented Minority (URM) students from Puget Sound Community Colleges in their transition to baccalaureate degree programs at the University of Washington and other four-year universities.  The B3 program provides academic opportunities such as lectures, laboratory experiences, educational counseling and mentored research opportunities for students to provide background necessary for successful transition from a community college to a four-year institution. 


Washington State Office of Superintendent of PublicInstruction (OSPI)

Through a grant from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) and the Washington State Leadership and Assistance for Science Education Reform (LASER) have partnered to upgrade existing elementary science instructional materials to align with Environmental and Sustainability Education (ESE) concepts.


Sowing the Seeds of Neuroscience (SEEDS)

This project, funded by the National Institute of Health, seeks to improve public understanding, especially in middle school students, teachers and parents, about neuroscience, mental health, and neurological fitness.  Through the integration of cutting-edge science, the project intends to design educational materials that weave together, not only interdisciplinary approaches, but also cultural factors important for learning, and ultimately launch students on new career pathways.


BioQuest Academy

Funded by a Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) from the National Center for Research Resources (NCRR) at the National Institute of Health (NIH), offers intensive two-week programming and exposure to biomedical research, rigorous content, and lab activities for 11th grade Puget Sound students.


Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering (CSNE)

Funded by the National Science Foundation, is a global hub for delivering neural-inspired sensorimotor devices. Using devices that mine the rich data in neural signals available from implantable, wearable, and interactive interfaces, the ERC/SNE builds end-to-end integrated systems. The CSNE mission is to develop innovative ways to connect a deep mathematical understanding of how biological systems acquire and process information with the design of effective devices that interact seamlessly with human beings.


Systems Education Approach to Science

Funded by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, is a five-year partnership with the Renton School District provides training for professional development providers to support a systems education approach to science in grades K-5.


Promoting Equity in Engineering Relationships

A project funded by the National Science Foundation, leverages lessons learned from previously-funded NSF programs, and aims to increase the synergy and collaboration within and between institutions to raise awareness of biases, promote actions to counteract them, cultivate a welcoming climate, and build a foundation for future efforts.