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Michael Ryan



  • Higher Ed: Other, Teacher: Science, Researcher 


Mike Ryan has a background is in science education, and his expertise is in the design, use, and research of project-based learning (PBL) environments and strategies to target standards-based science learning. He also focuses on teacher professional learning of reform-based science education initiatives, that range from design, to enactment, to assessment.

Mike served as a secondary science teacher before joining Georgia Tech. Currently, Mike serves as the senior curriculum, teaching, and learning researcher for the NSF-funded projects: Science Learning Integrating Design, Engineering and Robotics (SLIDER) and Advanced Manufacturing Prototyping Integrated To Unlock Potential (AMP-IT-UP). The projects' main goals are to investigate the integration of robotics, engineering, science, math and manufacturing to develop STEM learning outcomes. Mike's helps to design and develop curriculum, research methods, assessments and strategic plans.

Mike also works on the NASA Electronic Professional Development Network (ePDN) project. Mike designs and facilitates online learning courses in PBL for educators, incorporating the best practices for both online and face-to-face learning. From 2007-2009, Mike served as a director of student programs at an outreach center at Georgia Tech, where he oversaw the design and delivery of 30-40 K-12 academic enrichment programs.

Prior to CEISMC, Mike worked for 10 years as a researcher in the College of Computing at Georgia Tech on a PBL research project known as Learning By Design. The culmination of this was the publishing (It's About Time/Herff-Jones) of the comprehensive middle school science textbook series Project-Based Inquiry Science (PBIS). The 15-book series provides three-years of project-based inquiry curriculum that employs engineering design solutions to everyday problems and questions. Mike served as an author and lead developer for this project. 


Curriculum development
Teacher professional learning
Strategic planning