J Adam Scribner

Director of STEM Education Initiatives

Research and Development
Research Areas:
STEM Curriculum Design, Teacher Professional Development, Science Education
ED 2068
(812) 856-8252

About Me

Dr. J. Adam Scribner bridges theory to practice to develop transformative STEM teaching and learning experiences designed to foster the next generation of scientists, engineers, creators, and innovators. His expertise lies in the area of designing K-12 STEM curricula and teacher professional development around the integration of multiple STEM disciplines. In his current role, over the last six years, he has served as principal investigator or co-principal investigator of 27 grant-funded projects totaling more than $4.4M to advance STEM education in Indiana and beyond.

Dr. Scribner currently serves as principal investigator of: (1) Educating for Environmental Change, a project supported by the IU Environmental Resilience Institute that aims to improve the teaching and learning of climate change in K-12 schools; (2) ISTEAM, Integrating Art into STEM, a project supported by the IU Center for Rural Engagement that pairs art and STEM educators to help explore connections and engage students in creative and innovative pursuits; (3) Baxter Online STEM, a project that tasks high school students with solving some of Baxter Biopharma Solutions most vexing challenges; (4) Americorps Serve Indiana Planning Grant, a project that places IU graduate students in rural libraries to facilitate STEM education programs. In addition, Dr. Scribner cultivates partnerships with K-12 schools and industry throughout Indiana to develop Authentic STEM (A-STEM) projects that incorporate problem-based learning and STEM professional volunteers in the classroom.

Dr. Scribner’s previous projects include serving as co-principal investigator of PrimaryAI, a National Science Foundation (NSF) project aimed at teaching students about artificial intelligence and computer science through game-based, problem-based science lessons (NSF grant number 1934128). He also helped develop a curriculum for middle and high school students to design, build, program, and test underwater robots (NSF grant number 0929674) and provided professional development and coaching for science teachers to improve their physical science content and pedagogical knowledge (NSF grant number 0962772).

He has presented at numerous national and regional conferences including ASEE, NSTA, and ITEEA and serves on the board of Directors for the Hoosier Association of Science Teachers, Inc. (HASTI). Before joining IU, Dr. Scribner was the Manager of STEM Outreach for the Center for Innovation in Engineering and Science Education (CIESE) at Stevens Institute of Technology (NJ). A certified biology teacher, he taught in Montclair, NJ for 13 years prior to joining CIESE.

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