Resource Library

EDC’s Learning and Teaching Division produces resources in the form of reports, books, Web-based tools, and multimedia for stakeholders across the education continuum. Some of these resources are developed exclusively by EDC while others are the result of collaborations with federal and state government, universities, foundations, and other funders.

Title Description Type Yearsort descending
Design It! Engineering in After School Programs

A series of 14 design engineering booklets that include student and teacher guidance for implementing long-term activities such as designing a pinball game or building a trebuchet. The projects were developed for 8-12 year olds in after school...

Publication 2002
Explore It! Science Investigations in Out-of-School Programs

The investigations in Explore It! provide an experiential foundation for the development of concepts aligned with the national standards that are addressed in formal school curricula. Internet resources and visits by science museum educators will...

Publication 2006
Guide to Professional Development of Out-of-School Activity Leaders

This Web guide was designed to address the need for ongoing professional development of out-of-school activity leaders by offering specific training tools for those who may want to present workshops and provide ongoing training for this audience...

Publication 2008
Preparing Tomorrow's STEM Workforce Through Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers

From 2003 to 2012, EDC led the Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST) Learning Resource Center (LRC) for the National Science Foundation (NSF), and EDC now leads the current ITEST...

Publication 2010
A Report on the NSF ITEST Convening: Defining an Afterschool Research Agenda

This report's STEM Workforce Development & Afterschool Learning research agenda is intended to inform researchers of critical questions and appropriate strategies to further describe STEM career exploration and pathways experiences in out-of-...

Publication 2010
STEM 4 All

The STEM for All website, toolkit of resources, and training were developed by the Center for Afterschool Education at Foundations, Inc., and YouthLearn at EDC. The goal of STEM 4 All is to expand the integration of science, technology,...

Publication 2011
ITEST Engineering Model: Building a Better Future for STEM Engineering

For two years, the Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST) Learning Resource Center at EDC and the ITEST community engaged in a collaborative exploration of evidence-based, replicable models emerging from the ITEST...

Publication 2012
Principal Investigator's Guide: Managing Evaluation in Informal STEM Education Projects

This Guide is designed to help principal investigators and other leaders of informal STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) education projects integrate evaluation into all phases of project design, development, and implementation....

Publication 2012
STEM Smart Brief Series

EDC is the National Science Foundation's partner in disseminating the findings of the National Research Council's Successful K-12 STEM Education and ...

Publication 2014
Exploring Trees and Ponds Activity Guide: Fall Trees

As youth observe trees and plants, they develop a better understanding of the environmental conditions that affect how trees and plants grow. One of a three-part series, this Guide features engaging activities that bring middle school youth...

Publication 2014
Exploring Trees and Ponds Activity Guide: Spring Trees

One of a three-part series, this Guide features engaging activities that bring middle school youth outdoors to explore the natural world using observation, digital photography, drawing, activity challenges, and scientific experiments. Written by...

Publication 2014
Exploring Trees and Ponds Activity Guide: Winter Ponds

One of a three-part series, this Guide features activities that bring middle school youth outdoors to explore the natural world using observation, digital photography, drawing, activity challenges, and scientific experiments. Written by EDC’s...

Publication 2014
A Learner-Centered Design Method for Educational Technology

Since 2003, EDC has implemented projects that work directly with middle school aged youth from underserved populations to develop digital resources aimed at encouraging young people to pursue STEM education and careers. It is through this work...

Publication 2014
Adobe Youth Voices Program Guide

This guide is intended to both orient and support educators in creating, planning, and implementing innovative media projects with young people. The guide offers a road map for these learning experiences and provides educators with planning tools...

Publication 2014
Science Fairs Under the 'Scope Study Flyer

This flyer describes EDC's four-year, National Science Foundation-funded national study of science fairs.  A study of science fairs of this scope has not been conducted in the U.S. before, and the findings have the potential to increase the...

Publication 2014
LTDFlix on YouTube

View videos related to our work to improve the effectiveness of education from preschool through college on the LTDFlix YouTube channel.

Video 2015
Identifying and Supporting Productive STEM Programs in Out-of-School Settings

EDC Principal Research Scientist Leslie Goodyear is one of 13 experts who, as members of the Committee on Successful Out-of-School STEM Learning appointed by the National Research Council's Board on Education...

Publication 2015
Quick-Click Tour of LTD FY15 Resources

This "Quick-Click Tour" presents some of the online and print resources that the Learning and Teaching Division at EDC produced from October 1, 2014 to September 30, 2015.

Publication 2015
Broadening Participation—Making STEM Learning Relevant and Rigorous for All Students

This brief reviews findings from a number of recent studies, including NAEP and ACT, along with a series of reports, which reveal critical STEM learning opportunity gaps for students from underrepresented groups and a need to strengthen STEM...

Publication 2015
Adobe Youth Voices App

Developed for Adobe by EDC, the AYV Story app provides a close-up view of the experiences of the youth media makers and educators who participated in the Adobe Foundation’s Adobe Youth Voices (AYV) initiative. Throughout AYV’s nine-year...

Publication 2016