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National Science Foundation honors Paulo Blikstein with prestigious CAREER Award

Blikstein receives award for his work to enhance STEM education in high schools by advancing "hybrid" labs.

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By Brianna Liang

Assistant Professor Paulo Blikstein has been awarded the prestigious Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award by the National Science Foundation.

CAREER awards support junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education, and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations.

Blikstein has been awarded five years of funding for a project aimed at bringing cutting-edge content and inquiry methods from research labs into high schools.

His project, “Bifocal Modeling: A New Framework for the Learning of Advanced Science and Engineering Content in High School,” seeks to advance “hybrid” labs that boost student understanding of scientific concepts by using sensors and computer models connected in real time.

“In today’s science classrooms, we are still stuck in the era of test tubes, which was over 30 years ago,” said Blikstein. “This project will bring to schools cutting-edge methods of science, now done with sensor-enabled experiments that are connected in real time to computer models.”

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