Project EDDIE (Environmental Data-Driven Inquiry and Exploration), led by Drs. Catherine O’Reilly (Geology, Geography, and the Environment) and Rebekka Darner (CeMaST), is funded through an Improving Undergraduate STEM Education grant (NSF Award 1821567). Through Project EDDIE, faculty develop flexible classroom teaching modules using large, publicly available datasets to engage students in STEM and improve their quantitative reasoning.
Teaching modules span topics such as ecology, limnology, geology, hydrology, and environmental sciences. EDDIE also helps build the associated professional development needed to ensure effective use of the teaching modules. While the project seeks to support STEM education at the undergraduate level, high school teachers have also decided that Project EDDIE resources are great for fostering quantitative literacy among their students.