What: CSME Lecture: Steven Case- “The Path to STEM Literacy: traveling a hard road”
When: Tuesday, December 3, 2013 @ 4:00pm
Where: University of Utah, ASB 210
Abstract: One of this nation’s greatest economic and intellectual threats is that although Americans are highly supportive of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), their knowledge and understanding is limited. Anti-science sentiment permeates not only public discussion but influences science education nationwide.
STEM Learning Centers have been mobilized to create a national community of researchers and practitioners to improve and enhance STEM teaching and learning. In recognition of national challenges and local events, the University of Kansas Center for STEM Learning (CSTEM) was established in the Fall 2000.
The Center for Science Education has successfully developed a variety of grant-funded programs and research initiatives to fulfill its mission. In 2007, with funding from the Kauffman Foundation, the National Mathematics and Science Initiative (NMSI) and the University of Kansas, the UKanTeach STEM teacher development program was launched. Built on the prior work and the successful practices of the UTeach program (UT Austin) combined with innovations established by UKanTeach, the program has created a unique model that meets the learning and teaching needs of our undergraduate STEM students.
The U-S2TEM Scholars program is a joint initiative between the University of Utah’s Global Change and Sustainability Center and the Center for Science and Mathematics Education that is aimed at increasing the number of outstanding and diverse undergraduate students who graduate with degrees in STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) fields that focus on the environment and sustainability. Scholars will be supported through mentoring, a cohort of peers, research opportunities, curricular enhancements, and scholarships (up to $38,600 over 4 years, awards based on academic merit and financial need). The U-S2TEM Scholars program is a multidisciplinary program that explores how various scientific and engineering fields interact, thus preparing scholars to address significant global challenges related to the environment and sustainability.
For more information on this program and how to apply, click here.
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