Dr. J. Adam Scribner bridges theory to practice to develop transformative STEM teaching and learning experiences designed to foster the next generation of engineers, scientists, 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.
He currently serves as co-principal investigator of PrimaryAI, 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). He has also provided professional development and coaching for science teachers to improve their physical science content and pedagogical knowledge (NSF grant number 0962772) and helped develop a curriculum for middle and high school students to design, build, program, and test underwater robots (NSF grant number 0929674).
Dr. Scribner also serves as principal investigator of: (1) Educating for Environmental Change, a project supported by the 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 Center for Rural Engagement that pairs middle school art and STEM teachers to help explore connections and engage students in creative and innovative pursuits; (3) Project LIFT, a program that integrates STEM and literacy for K-8 students. In addition, Dr. Scribner fosters 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.
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.