The STEM Center maintains several different research projects with the following areas of focus. 1. How does the integration of novel and/or evidence-based teaching strategies into STEM classrooms impact the teaching and learning of STEM content and practices, nature of science, and design thinking? 2. How does the integration of novel and/or evidence-based teaching strategies into STEM classrooms impact students’ noncognitive attributes and dispositions? 3. How can out-of-school time activities be enhanced to positively change participants’ non-cognitive attributes and dispositions related to STEM such as interest, self-efficacy, identity, and motivation? 4. How can STEM activities be optimized to broaden access to STEM, increase diversity in STEM courses and careers, and strengthen community connections?