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Bruce G Bukiet, Principal Investigator

James Lipuma, Co-Principal Investigator

Nancy Steffen-Fluhr, Co-Principal Investigator



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This Project Outcomes Report for the General Public is displayed verbatim as submitted by the Principal Investigator (PI) for this award. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this Report are those of the PI and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation; NSF has not approved or endorsed its content.

The LiFE project created and studied a comprehensive program bringing together iSTEAM, holistic student growth, modern technologies, and other supports to engage girls in STEM experiences through a collective impact approach.

LiFE supported STEAM clubs with role models and utilized research-based best practices in co-design and community involvement. Educators were supported with relevant professional development for hands-on STEM, and 21st-century skills, including leadership and communication.

LiFE's goal was to impact 200 girls in grades 3-6 from four schools in 3 NJ districts. Interest in participation in the project was greater than we expected which enabled the project to expand.

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LiFE Project, STEM education, Girls in STEM, Collaboration in education, iSTEAM learning strategies, Collaborative Codesign, Participatory design


Applied Mathematics | Education


We acknowledge support for Leadership and iSTEAM for Females in Elementary School (LiFE) and STEM for Success from the National Science Foundation under award number #1744490 and from Howmet Aerospace Foundation.

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Final Project Report NSF Award 1744490: NSF INCLUDES DDLP: Leadership and iSTEAM for Females in Elementary school (LiFE): An Integrated Approach to Increase the Number of Women Pursuing Careers in STEM