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  1. Alka Harriger
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  1. Michael Flynn
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  1. Brad Harriger
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  1. Sheifali Khare
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Strategies: Teaching Engineering Concepts to Harness Future Innovators (TECHFIT)

NSF Awards: 1312215

2017 (see original presentation & discussion)

Grades 6-8, Informal / multi-age

TECHFIT, now in its fourth year, seeks to spark STEM interest in middle school children by demonstrating the impact information and technology have on our world and inspiring this next generation of innovators to design and implement technology-based fitness games to get people moving and having fun while simultaneously and positively improving their health. Teams of middle school teachers complete a six-day, intensive, professional development summer program in the summer in which they learn programming and engineering to innovate their own technology-based fitness games using materials in a provided toolkit. The teacher teams then run an afterschool program for their students with the same objective. Thus far, over 800 students and 70 teachers at 29 schools in four states have completed TECHFIT programs.

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