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NSF Internship-inator‬‬


The proposed project will expand access to virtual internships, a powerful technology for incorporating professional STEM experience into STEM education. Syntern virtual internships have been shown to improve STEM learning outcomes and increase students’ interest in STEM topics. An authorware system will allow teachers to integrate them more effectively into their curricula and reach more students. By enabling STEM content developers to design and customize their own virtual internships, the Internship-inator will encourage pedagogical innovation, effectively expanding the number of developers who refine and disseminate this learning intervention. This research and development effort will also build a network of teachers, curriculum designers, researchers, and educational technology developers to enhance existing technologies, enable teachers and others to customize STEM learning technologies for their curricula, provide training and support for in-service teachers, and create a repository of virtual internships, curricular materials, and other resources.

Main PI: David Shaffer [University of Wisconsin Madison]
PI(s) [Subcontracts]: Art Graesser [University of Memphis]
Kris Scopinich [Massachusetts Audubon Society’s Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary] 
Co-PI(s) [Subcontract]: Zhiqiang Cai, Xiangen Hu & Vasile Rus [University of Memphis]
Grant Name: Developing and Testing the Internship-inator, a Virtual Internship in STEM Authorware System
Funding Agency: National Science Foundation
Dates: 2014-2019
Amount: $1,000,000 [Memphis allocation]