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 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.

Teacher PD programs

TECHFIT Afterschool 2015

TECHFIT 2016 Showcase

School Teams at 2014 TECHFIT Showcase at Purdue

2014 TECHFIT Purdue Showcase-Group Photo