Welcome to TECHFIT!

What is TECHFIT?

TECHFIT (Teaching Engineering Concepts to Harness Future Innovators and Technologists) 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. TECHFIT is made possible through two grants from the National Science Foundation and strong industry partnerships: While the original TECHFIT grant awarded in October 2013 focused on afterschool programs for middle school students, the second grant awarded in September 2016 built on TECHFIT with a focus on computational thinking in both afterschool and in-school contexts.

As of December 2018, TECHFIT has offered ten sets of PD programs to over 150 middle school teachers from at 60 middle schools in eleven different states: Indiana, South Carolina, Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, Tennessee, Kentucky, New York, North Carolina, Florida, Virginia, and Washington. Faculty at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, provide STEM instruction to TECHFIT teachers, while consultants with health and kinesiology expertise provided fitness instruction.

Teachers and school officials interested in participating in the 2019 offering of TECHFIT should contact the project leaders using the email link in the footer to request being added to the contact list. Applications for interested teachers are available under the Teachers menu until March 29. An evaluation process will be used to select applicants for the 2019 cohort, and invitations will be mailed by April 20.

Use the other links to learn more about TECHFIT, including video submissions by teams that participated in TECHFIT during fall 2018.

The TECHFIT research lab is housed in HEAV 109 on Purdue's main campus. Guests are invited to arrange a visit to see the technology and software in action with prototype exergames.

Teacher PD programs

TECHFIT Afterschool 2015

TECHFIT 2016 Showcase

School Teams at 2014 TECHFIT Showcase at Purdue

2014 TECHFIT Purdue Showcase-Group Photo

This project is supported by the National Science Foundation, awards DRL-1312215 and DRL-1640178. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.