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  • December

    • Survey Finds Daughters Can Thrive in Tech Even Without Tech Savvy Parents

      December 05, 2018

      As part Computer Science Education Week and the Hour of Code activities planned for this week, TechGirlz shared findings from a new survey of its program participants and their parents. Conducted in partnership with Drexel University’s LeBow College of Business, this marks the first time a survey has matched responses from girls and their parents in order to gain a deeper understanding of the role parents play in female engagement in technology.

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  • November

    • Phestival

      2nd Annual Philly Phage Phestival

      November 12, 2018

      On Saturday, November 10 th  The Center for the Advancement of STEM Teaching and Learning Excellence, with partners from University of the Sciences and Lehigh University, hosted the 2nd annual Philly Phage Phestival at Drexel University.

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    • President's Award 2018

      CASTLE receives Drexel University President’s Award for Diversity and Inclusive Community

      November 06, 2018

      The Center for the Advancement of STEM Teaching and Learning Excellence (CASTLE) received the Drexel University President's Award for Diversity and Inclusive Community for Faculty and Professional Staff on Monday, November 5th. This award recognizes and honors significant contributions that promote awareness
      of and respect for diversity, create opportunities for intercultural engagement, and build upon Drexel's founding principle of inclusion.

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  • October

    • Kiana Williams, HHMI EXROP Participant

      Summer at MIT:
      A transformative CO-OP 

      October 01, 2018

      Kiana Williams is a senior at Drexel University studying chemistry with a concentration in BioChemistry & minors in Biology and Business Administration. This past summer she attended Massachusetts Institution Technology's (MIT) Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Exceptional Research Opportunities (EXROP) Program. The program's mission is to make science education more inclusive through developing undergraduate leaders from all backgrounds.

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  • September

  • August

  • July

    • Drexel STEM Students Will Earn Teacher Certification Through New $1.2 Million Grant

      July 18, 2018

      More Drexel University undergraduate students will have the opportunity to earn teacher certification in science and mathematics thanks to the National Science Foundation’s Robert Noyce Scholarship program, which recently awarded Drexel’s School of Education a 5-year, $1.2 million grant. The new grant will allow 24 Drexel students pursuing a bachelor’s degree in a major related to science, technology, engineering or mathematics to earn pre-service teacher certification in middle grades (4-8) science or mathematics through Drexel’s DragonsTeach Middle Years program.

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  • June

    • Academy's Women in Natural Sciences Program Wins White House Mentoring Award

      June 27, 2018

      The Women in Natural Sciences Program at the Academy of Natural Sciences has received the highest national mentoring award bestowed by the White House and the National Science Foundation (NSF), which comes with $10,000 to support its role in inspiring high school girls to pursue careers in STEM.

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    • Biology Class Builds Research Skills, Autonomy in Underclassmen

      June 22, 2018

      Freshmen and sophomore biology students at Drexel can take the elective BIO 213, which introduces them to independent, novel research and a hands-on learning opportunity working with fruit flies.

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    • Summit

      CASTLE Hosts a Summit in Coordination with Institutional Advancement  

      June 13, 2018

      On May 16, 2018 CASTLE hosted a Summit in coordination with Institutional Advancement. The Summit brought together thought leaders from industry, foundations and education who share CASTLE’s mission.


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    • Graduate College Student Awards

      Drexel CASTLE Teaching & Learning Excellence

      June 06, 2018

      The mission of Drexel’s Center for the Advancement of STEM Teaching and Learning Excellence (CASTLE) could not be accomplished without the support of our affiliated faculty members, professional staff and students. Please join us in recognizing their commitment to furthering CASTLE’s mission and their excellence in teaching that exemplifies Drexel University.

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    • Jen and Jason

      Congratulations to CASTLE's Co-Directors on their Promotions!

      June 01, 2018

      Congratulations to CASTLE’s two Co-Directors, Dr. Jason Silverman and Dr. Jennifer Stanford. Silverman received a promotion from Associate Professor to Professor and Stanford received tenure status and a promotion from Assistant Professor to Associate Professor. The Board of Trustees granted these approvals  in May. This is a well-earned accomplishment and CASTLE is honored to celebrate their success in their academic careers.


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  • May

  • April

    • CASTLE @ Science Festival

      CASTLE Ambassadors Volunteer at the Philadelphia Science Festival

      April 30, 2018

      On Saturday, April 28, 2018, seven CASTLE Ambassadors volunteered at the Philadelphia Science Festival to teach hands-on STEM lessons to the community. These undergraduate STEM majors delivered lessons dedicated to demonstrating and understanding the concept of sound. 

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    • DTSO Earth Day

      DragonsTeach Student Organization Hosts Earth Day Fair

      April 27, 2018

      On Friday, April 20, 2018 the DragonsTeach Student Organization (DTSO) hosted an Earth Day Fair for 3rd-5th grade students at Greenfield Elementary School. Eight undergraduate STEM majors organized STEM activities such as “cloud in a jar” and “oil spill clean-up” to help younger students understand different environmental processes. Greenfield students were also able to discover their carbon footprint and contribute to a large banner with a pledge to care for the environment.


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    • CASTLE Seminar with David A. Delaine

      Drexel CASTLE invites conversation on STEM education transformation through seminar series

      April 25, 2018

      The CASTLE seminar series is focused on continuous improvements in STEM education teaching and learning. Dr. Adam Fontecchio, Director of CASTLE, invites speakers from a variety of institutions to lead conversations on local, regional and national trends in the transformation of STEM education. The seminar is open to all who are interested in STEM education.

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    • Drexel and TechGirlz Team to Connect Middle School Girls with Technology

      April 11, 2018

      Drexel University’s LeBow College of Business and TechGirlz today announced a wide-ranging partnership designed to expand the number of middle school girls receiving technology instruction. This collaboration is part of the recently announced TechGirlz 20k for 2020 campaign, in which the organization seeks to set 20,000 girls on The Path to a technology career over the next two years.

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    • sxsw panel

      Modernizing Learning Using Experiential Learning: CASTLE Leadership Presents at National 2018 SxSWEdu Conference

      April 09, 2018

      STEM education leaders, Adam Fontecchio, PhD, Professor of Computer and Electrical Engineering, and Director of Drexel University’s (CASTLE), and Jennifer Stanford, PhD, Assistant Professor of Biology, Co-director of CASTLE joined David Delaine, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Engineering Education, Ohio State University, to lead a panel presentation at the 2018 National SxSWEdu Conference on March 5, 2018.

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      Drexel CASTLE receives funding for collaborative research project

      April 09, 2018

      Ten member institutions in the CIRTL Network including Drexel University were awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) Improving Undergraduate STEM Education (iUSE) research grant titled: “Preparing Future Faculty to Improve STEM Education: Broadening the National Impact of the CIRTL Network.” Drexel received $199,900.37 over a three year period of a larger $2,999,267.00 grant from the NSF. The purpose of the project works to increase the number of future faculty participants within the CIRTL Network.

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    • 2nd Annual Bridging UTeach Workshop

      2nd Annual Workshop for Bridging UTeach & Engineering – plus Computer Science

      April 02, 2018

      Over the last few years, a conversation has been ongoing to increase participation of the engineering and computer science disciplines in the UTeach community. In an effort to expand this discussion, the Second Annual Workshop for Bridging UTeach & Engineering – plus Computer Science was hosted in Boulder, Colorado from January 25-26, 2018.


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    • experiential learning

      CASTLE receives grant to work across campuses to assess experiential learning

      April 02, 2018

      “Multisite longitudinal educational studies are challenging because each institution has a unique educational structure, experiential opportunities, and data systems,” adds William Mongan, Teaching Professor and Associate Department Head for Undergraduate Affairs with the Department of Computer Science. “By collaborating on these challenges, we enable the study of educational effectiveness through experiential learning spanning the disciplines across several institutions. That study will identify best practices and inform effective development of our curricula.”

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  • February

  • January

    • William Mongan

      Instructor of the Week with William Mongan

      January 25, 2018

      CASTLE Instructor of the Week aims to identify top notch STEM instructors around Drexel and recognize them for their hard work. The nomination form can be found on Facebook @CASTLEatDrexel.

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    • SXSW Edu

      CASTLE Invited to Present at SXSW

      January 17, 2018

      CASTLE’s Director, Dr. Adam Fontecchio, and CASTLE’s Co-Director, Dr. Jennifer Stanford, have been invited to give a talk at the SXSW.EDU conference on March 5, 2018.  Along with their colleague Dr. David Delaine from The Ohio State University, they will be presenting a talk entitled “Modernizing Learning Using Experiential Education.” 

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    • John DiNardo

      CASTLE Welcomes N. John DiNardo as new Professor in Residence

      January 15, 2018

      N. John DiNardo, Professor of Physics and Special Advisor to the Provost will be joining CASTLE as a Professor in Residence for a one-year sabbatical. Dr. DiNardo will be contributing to several CASTLE Initiatives including DARE-ExCEL, CIRTL, PROFESS, the Lockheed Martin Leadership Program and a research study which tracks experiential learning outcomes across three CAA campuses.

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    • Denise Agosto

      Instructor of the Week with Denise Agosto

      January 11, 2018

      CASTLE Instructor of the Week aims to identify top notch STEM instructors around Drexel and recognize them for their hard work. The nomination form can be found on Facebook @CASTLEatDrexel.

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    • Students of CASTLE at Drexel

      ExPERTS – a New Fellowship Program at CASTLE

      January 09, 2018

      Experiential Practices in Education Research and Teaching in STEM (ExPERTS) is a new fellowship program supported by the  Chappell-Culpeper  Family Foundation, Colonial School District, Roxborough High School and CASTLE. ExPERTS  introduces vertical mentoring into the model of the previously-funded National Science Foundation  STEM GK-12  program at Drexel. 

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