Ignite: Empowering Students through STEM Curricula Integrating the Sustainable Development Goals (2019-2020)

This Bass Connections project brought together an interdisciplinary team of innovators and educators to optimize the Ignite curriculum for implementation in the Durham Public Schools system. Ignite promotes active mentorship, catalyzes collaboration and fosters global awareness and citizenship.

The project team focused on creating content through an online platform of all existing Ignite curricular materials, implemented a semester-long program with a public school in Durham, and assessed its impact student interest and engagement. This work provided the foundation for scaling the Ignite curriculum on STEM education to a larger number of Durham schools in subsequent years.

Timing

Fall 2019 – Summer 2020

Team Outputs to Date

Mary Elizabeth Dotson, Valentina Alvarez, Maria Tackett, Gabriela Asturias, Isabela Leon, Nirmala Ramanujam. 2020. “Design thinking-based STEM learning: Preliminary results on achieving scale and sustainability through the IGNITE model,” Frontiers in Education.

 

Images: Courtesy of Duke Center for Global Women’s Health Technologies

Courtesy of Duke Center for Global Women’s Health Technologies.

Team Leaders

  • Libby Dotson, Pratt School of Engineering-Biomedical Engineering
  • Nimmi Ramanujam, Pratt School of Engineering-Biomedical Engineering

/graduate Team Members

  • Robert Morhard, Biomedical Engineering-PHD
  • Ruiming Xiong, Economics-AM

/undergraduate Team Members

  • Jamal Burns, History (AB), Neuroscience (AB2)
  • Madison Frazier, Neuroscience (BS)
  • Rhea Jain
  • Hope Springate

/yfaculty/staff Team Members

  • Rae Jean Proeschold-Bell, Duke Global Health Institute
  • Jory Weintraub, Science & Society