TECHFIT (Teaching Engineering Concepts to Harness Future Innovators and Technologists) is a
$1.2M NSF project
in its fourth year. TECHFIT seeks to spark STEM interest in middle school
children by demonstrating the impact information and technology have on our
world and inspiring this next generation of innovators to design and implement technology-based
fitness games to get people moving and having fun while simultaneously and positively
improving their health.
As of December 2016, TECHFIT has offered six sets of six-day professional development programs to teacher teams
at 29 middle schools in four different states: Indiana, South Carolina, Ohio, and Washington. Faculty at Purdue University
in West Lafayette, Indiana, lead TECHFIT in partnership with faculty at the College of Charleston in
Charleston, South Carolina. In September 2016,
NSF awarded $2.5M
to the Purdue team for a project that builds on TECHFIT with a focus on computational thinking in both afterschool and
in-school contexts: Curriculum and Assessment Design to Study the Development of Motivation and Computational Thinking for
Middle School Students across Three Learning Contexts.
The TECHFIT research lab is housed in WANG 4085. Guests are invited to contact the project leader to arrange
a visit to see the technology and software in action with prototype exergames. Teachers and school officials
interested in participating in future offerings of TECHFIT should contact the project leaders using the email
link in the footer.
TECHFIT is made possible by a grant from the National Science Foundation and is
administered and taught by Purdue's Polytechnic faculty in collaboration with
faculty from the College of Charleston and experienced educational consultants.
2016 Teacher PD programs
TECHFIT Afterschool 2015