We develop and study educational approaches that promote equity and social justice in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education.


We engage in mutually-beneficial collaborations of learning scientists, educational practitioners, community members, and STEM professionals.


We conduct cognitive and cultural research on how people learn in consequential ways, how teachers engage in inclusive instruction, and how partnerships build human capacity for educational improvement.

Institute for Science + Math Education

All young people should be able to
decide their own futures.

The University of Washington Institute for Science + Math Education creates partnerships to envision, cultivate, and study equity-focused educational models and practices in areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

The opportunity to learn in STEM fields is critical to young people’s ability to shape their futures and their present. To broaden opportunities for young people, we develop innovative projects across the K-12 grade span in both formal and informal learning environments. We closely study these projects to develop knowledge about how to broaden participation in STEM.

Our Work


Meet our team of researchers and staff


Current and completed research and development projects in STEM education


Resources built for educators to support the teaching of STEM


Research papers and bibliographies from Institute researchers

Our Latest Projects

Latest News

The latest stories from Institute for Science + Math Education

Affiliated Sites


Indigenous Education Tools is a collection of resources to improve Native student success. The site is part of the larger Building Capacity & Cultivating Innovation: Learning Agendas in Native Education (BCCI) project.





STEM Teaching Tools are resources for the teaching of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The site is currently focused on supporting the teaching of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Each tool is focused on a specific issue and leverages the best knowledge from research and practice.



The Research + Practice Collaboratory brings educators and researchers together to develop more equitable innovations for STEM teaching and learning. The Institute for Science + Math Education is a partner and adaptation site for the project