NSF should contract with an organization to establish a national STEM “Test Kitchen” for evaluating teaching methods.
Some kinds of STEM teaching methods have been shown to generate much better learning outcomes than others. But more extensive evaluation of best methods is needed. Toward that end Congress should allocate $5 million in construction costs and $2.5 million in annual operating costs to NSF for them to contract with an organization to build a showcase “STEM Test Kitchen,” perhaps located adjacent to the NSF site in Arlington, VA. The “Test Kitchen” would assess different STEM teaching approaches, side-by-side, and determine which is best suited to delivering a specific concept, as measured by <g> score. The winning “Test Kitchen” teaching approach for each concept would be distributed via popular medium, e.g., as YouTube instructional videos.