Icon for: Michelle Perfect


University of Arizona

A Sleep Science Education Program to Improve STEM education in Elementary School

NSF Awards: 1433185

2016 (see original presentation & discussion)

Grades K-6, Grades 6-8

The Sleep to Enhance Participation in STEM (STEPS) team will discuss the programmatic components of the Z-factor and the opportunities afforded teachers, parents, students, and community members through the ITEST project. We show a simulated classroom with that emulates the interactions between a teacher (Daniel Shammas) and students using the technologies to capture the sleep science data. Charlotte Ackerman, from the Catalina Foothills School District, addresses the public health crisis of sleep insufficiency and declining STEM interests and skills. Dr. Janet Roveda describes the application, MySleep, developed to allow students to analyze the sleep data. Dr. Stuart Quan discusses the mobile technologies used to measure students’ sleep. Dr. Mark Bloom, from the Biological Sciences Curriculum Study, provides an overview of the evidence-based instructional model and teacher professional development that is the foundation of the sleep science lessons. Dr. Michelle Perfect concludes with information about the focus on family involvement.

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