Mr. Matthew M. Johnson

Mr. Matthew M. Johnson
Phone: 8148636607
Office Address:
182 Chambers Bldg
University Park, PA 16802
Campus: University Park


Research Associate
Assistant Professor of Science Education


Center for Science and the Schools (CSATS)


At CSATS, Matt works closely with science and engineering faculty to develop and implement teacher professional development programs as part of funded research grants. These workshops use researchers’ projects to support K-12 educators in teaching science content using the practices of scientists and engineers. Matt is also an active member of the National Alliance for Broader Impacts, an organization that serves to support the development of high-quality and scalable activities that broaden the reach of science and engineering research. In supporting outreach efforts across institutions, he has contributed to the development of CSATS’s STEM-EO model, a tool used to assess science education outreach and research endeavors as systems with interrelated and interdependent components. Matt has facilitated conference workshops to support institutions in assessing their science education outreach and research activities using the STEM-EO model. His research is aimed at better understanding the productive use of failure in elementary engineering design projects.

Areas of Expertise

Curriculum Areas

Science Ed

Methodological Research

Discourse Analysis
Qualitative Research

Teacher Preparation

Professional Development