NIH SciEd 2013, held May 13-16, 2013 in Omaha, Nebraska, was the second NIH-wide conference for science education projects funded by the National Institutes of Health. The 76 projects represented at the conference were funded by the following programs:
- Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA), Office of Research Infrastructure Programs (ORIP), Division of Program Coordination, Planning and Strategic Initiatives (DPCPSI), Office of the Director
- Science Education Drug Abuse Partnership Award (SEDAPA), National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
- NIH Blueprint for Neuroscience Research Science Education Award
- Science Education Awards, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID).
The 194 conference participants included project PIs, staff and evaluators, teachers who participate in projects, NIH staff, and individuals interested in science education. The theme of the conference was “Implementing the Framework for K-12 Science Education and The Next Generation Science Standards,” which was addressed in plenary and breakout sessions. The Conference also provided opportunities for updates by NIH, NSF and US Department of Education staff, plenary presentations on topics of interest to science education partnership programs, discussions of evaluation methods and tools, regional meetings, networking, and an exchange of information among participating projects.