This National Science Foundation program aims to increase opportunities for students and teachers to learn about, experience, and use information technologies within the context of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). It is in direct response to the shortage of technology workers in the United States and builds on an earlier NSF program for youth entitled After School Centers for Exploration and New Discovery (ASCEND). Projects are intended to provide opportunities for school-age children and for teachers seeking opportunities for advanced study and to function and contribute in a technologically-rich society. ITEST has two components: (a) youth-based projects with strong emphases on career and educational paths, and (b) comprehensive projects for students and teachers. The NSF expects to award eight to 12 grants.

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