The goal of the design research project ASTeL (Arithmetic, Science, Technology, and e-Learning) is to develop a gender sensitive www-based science and technology learning environment for primary school and teacher education (http://www.malux.edu.helsinki.fi/malu/tutkimus/astel/ ). Primary school classes from one to six in Finland should have the objectives and contents for physics and chemistry education explained to them in 2003 based on our new curriculum. The ASTeL-project follows the principles of design research which is a sequence phase: draft the initial goals, build an explicit model of the students’ knowledge and learning in the goal domain, create an initial design for the learning environment, investigate the components, assess the prototypes, conduct pilot tests in a classroom, conduct field tests in multiple classrooms, recursive actions and publish. The research questions connected to the ASTeL –project are, for example: “What are the primary school teachers’ needs for a virtual science education learning environment?”, “How do the participating designers evaluate the research process?” or “What are the major problems in using the designed learning environment?” The ASTeL project has been financed by the National Board of Education, City of Helsinki and the Federation of Finnish Electrical and Electronics Industry and the Federation of Finnish Chemical Industry. The total budget of this project is 40, 000 € in year 2002. In the year 2003 National board of education offered for the ASTeL project 22,300 € and the city of Helsinki 20,000 €. In the year 2004 the Federation of Finnish Chemical Industry offerred for the ASTeL project 22,300 € and the city of Helsinki 10,000 €. In the year 2005 National board of education offered for the ASTeL project 23 000 €.