Welcome to TECHFIT!

What is TECHFIT?

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 2017, TECHFIT has offered eight sets of six-day professional development programs to teacher teams at 30 middle schools in eight different states: Indiana, South Carolina, Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, Tennessee, Virginia, and Washington. Faculty at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, provide STEM instruction to TECHFIT teachers, while faculty at the College of Charleston in Charleston, South Carolina provided fitness instruction.

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 Purdue faculty continue to offer the STEM instruction, while a faculty member from the College of Charleston and the Research Director at HCA South Atlantic continue to contribute fitness instruction to the participating TECHFIT teachers each summer.

The TECHFIT research lab is housed in HEAV 109 on Purdue's main campus. 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.

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.