NCSU STEM BUILD is an educational research group with the overarching goal of finding new and effective ways to teach difficult scientific concepts inclusively. We aim to develop, implement, assess, and disseminate Tactile Teaching Tools (TTTs) for use in undergraduate biology courses. These TTTs are physical models that are intentionally designed for interactivity and constructivist learning. While many of these models are 3D-printed, others are created with “low-tech” materials.

Our group is composed of two NCSU faculty members and a team of undergraduate research assistants. We work collaboratively with faculty at NCSU and beyond to help them develop TTTs to solve specific teaching challenges in their courses.