Georgia Tech’s AMP-IT-UP Video Recognized at National Science Foundation Showcase

Video highlights CEISMC program that gets students excited about STEM

A seventh-grade student uses computer-aided design to modify parts of a replica of a balsawood airplane. In another lab, middle schoolers use vegetable oil to simulate an oil spill cleanup operation at sea. Outside, students control underwater, remotely operated vehicles.

These are a few examples of project-based learning featured in this year’s video that the Georgia Tech AMP-IT-UP project submitted to the 2017 National Science Foundation (NSF) STEM for All Video Showcase: Research and Design for Impact. Georgia Tech’s Center for Education Integrating Science, Mathematics, and Computing (CEISMC) implements AMP-IT-UP.

The AMP-IT-UP video joined 170 others in the online showcase, held online on May 15-22, 2017. It was recognized as one of 18 entries for the Facilitators’ Choice award.

The showcase invited submissions of videos running three-minutes or less about NSF-funded projects that seek to improve STEM learning and teaching. The videos should provide details about the need that inspired the project, the intervention or innovation that addresses the need, and the impact of the project.

The video features students and teachers from Carver Road Middle school in Griffin, Georgia, where the curriculum that AMP-IT-UP developed is being piloted. Students are shown engaging in AMP-IT-UP activities that focus on engineering design, foundational math skills, and science practices that promote evidence-based decision-making, as well as inspire academic engagement.

During the showcase, principal investigators, administrators, researchers, and the public viewed the videos, engaged in discussions, and voted for the videos that most effectively conveyed the creative work of NSF-funded programs.

“The video showcase provides a wonderful opportunity to explore the breadth of educational work funded by NSF and to make connections with other researchers and educators,” said CEISMC Associate Director and AMP-It-Up Co-Principal Investigator Marion Usselman. “We hope that legislators and policymakers in Washington got an opportunity to view them. Many are truly inspiring.”

CEISMC Educational Outreach Coordinator Will Jimmerson and CEISMC Research Associate Jayma Koval produced the video. Koval also served as a presenter during the showcase.  

“AMP-IT-UP is a large project that incorporates curriculum across many classes and grade levels,” Koval said. “The video showcase gave us the opportunity to highlight some of the many components of the project. We are very honored to be one of this year’s recipients of the Facilitators’ Choice award.”

Scenes from Carver Road Middle School were shot by Ben Brumfield, senior science writer at Georgia Tech’s Institute Communications and Steven Taylor, CEISMC’s communications manager, who also served as video editor. CEISMC’s Cameron Schriner narrated.

AMP-IT-UP is a five-year NSF Math and Science Partnership that CEISMC implements in collaboration with its core partners, the George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering and the Griffin-Spalding County School System.


By Steven Lee Taylor - CEISMC Communications

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Marion Usselman, Ph.D.
Associate Director for Development and Educational Innovation,
Principal Research Scientist
Center for Education Integrating Science, Mathematics and Computing (CEISMC)
Georgia Tech