An Inside Look at STEM at UNCG!
Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics are all around us in our communities and schools. University researchers and other STEM professionals are working hard to employ new and exciting programs, as well as striving to strengthen the students’ relationship with these educational environments. Sit back, relax, take a look, and listen and learn about a few of UNCG's esteemed faculty and students who are engaged in STEM research and instruction!
STEM: Dr. Steve Danford | Transcript
STEM: Dr. Matina Kalcounis Rueppell | Transcript
STEM: Dr. Kerri Richardson | Transcript
STEM: Chris Rhea | Transcript
STEM: Nadja Cech | Transcript
STEM: Rick Bunch | Transcript
Research and Instruction in STEM Education at UNCG
The RISE Network is a coalition of educators and researchers involved in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education. The network provides access to STEM funding and research opportunities, promotes working partnerships, offers a monthly lunch series, and sponsors special events such as workshops and guest speakers. Network members include UNCG faculty and researchers, community educators, and grant specialists.
The impetus for the network came from a national push to improve STEM education as well as the work of UNCG's Math-Science Recruitment and Retention Task Force. The task force identified a need at UNCG for better coordination between math and science educators and researchers and increased confidence levels in teaching critical thinking skills and higher levels of math and science. To address these issues and strengthen UNCG's position in STEM education, the RISE Network was created in 2010.
Science, Science Everywhere
UNCG’s third annual community science festival, “Science, Science, Everywhere”, is scheduled for April 22, 2017. Young people and their families will be exposed to new and interesting scientific ideas and principles and will be able to interact directly with experts in many fields. The University sponsors of the science festival include the UNCG Research and Instruction in STEM Education (RISE) Network, a coalition of educators and researchers involved in STEM, faculty and students from many STEM departments, the School of Education (SOE), the Provost’s office and two NSF funded projects.
“Science, Science Everywhere” include activities from the SOE’s Student Educator Learning Factory (SELF) Design Studio. Specifically they conduct a program called the STEAM (Science - Technology - Engineering - Arts – Math) laboratory serving pre-service teachers, professional educators and K-12 students. Its mission is to create a supporting atmosphere that fosters positive and engaging exploration in science and engineering. Through the use of a variety of innovative tools such as 3-D modeling software and printers, circuitry and robotics kits, microcomputers and processors, and arts and craft materials, SELF Makers are supported in their pursuit of growing their ideas into actual working prototypes. The Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering (JSNN), a joint initiative of UNCG and NC A&T State, will participate. JSNN will bring their Nanobus, an interactive and fun learning tool that teaches about Nanoscience. Last year we had 60 activities. In 2017 we are aiming for over 75 hands-on science activities.
The goal of the RISE Network is to enhance and expand the already strong partnership between researchers and science, mathematics, and technology educators in the community and at UNCG. This is best accomplished by developing a network of interested partners to better coordinate STEM education and research across campus. This network will enhance UNCG's ability to broaden access to STEM fields.