About Me

Dr. J. Adam Scribner is the Director of STEM Education Initiatives for the Indiana University School of Education where he cultivates partnerships to create transformative STEM teaching and learning experiences. Dr. Scribner bridges research to practice by designing authentic STEM learning environments and implementing projects that integrate STEM curricula.

He currently serves as co-principal investigator of a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant aimed at teaching students about artificial intelligence and computer science through game-based, problem-based science lessons (NSF grant number 1934128).

His previous NSF grant experiences include providing professional development and coaching for science teachers to improve their physical science content and pedagogical knowledge (NSF grant number 0962772), and developing a curriculum for middle and high school students to design, build, program, and test underwater robots (NSF grant number 0929674).

Dr. Scribner currently serves as principal investigator of: (1) Educating for Environmental Change, a project supported by the Environmental Resilience Institute that aims to improve the teaching of climate change in K-12 schools, and (2) ISTEAM Integrating Art into STEM, a project supported by the Center for Rural Engagement that pairs middle school art and STEM teachers to explore connections and engage their students in creative and innovative pursuits. In addition, Dr. Scribner has worked with several Indiana schools and local businesses to design and implement authentic, student-centered STEM projects that incorporate problem-based learning and STEM professional volunteers in the classroom.

He has presented at numerous national and regional conferences including NSTA, ASEE, and ITEEA. 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 and was named Teacher of the Year in 2007.

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