Our very own ICBGers, Julia Metzker and Caralyn Zehnder, will be part of a GCSU team facilitating a workshop at the Engaged STEM Learning: From Promising To Pervasive Practices Conference hosted jointly by the American Association of Colleges & Universities and Project Kaleidoscope in Miami this weekend. The session details are as follows.
Developing Sustainable STEM Programs One Innovative Course at a Time
Abstract: There are many active national and state-level conversations concerning improving science education in order to better prepare students to be STEM-literate citizens. In response, Georgia College (GC) has implemented the Science to Serve Initiative, a grass-roots, interdisciplinary initiative comprised of activities and programs that connect issues of social relevance to STEM courses. After learning about the GC model, participants will brainstorm strategies for designing sustainable, innovative STEM programs at their institutions through one of four break-out conversations. In the process, they will 1) examine methods for connecting issues of social relevance to STEM courses; 2) address common resource and institutional obstacles; and 3) explore designs that advance their own goals for connecting social issues to STEM courses and programs. The workshop will be tailored to faculty and administrators from community colleges, liberal arts colleges, and comprehensive universities.
Rosalie A. Richards, Director of the Science Education Center and Professor of Chemistry, Julia K. Metzker, Associate Professor of Chemistry, and Caralyn B. Zehnder, Assistant Professor of Biology, and Y. Ellen France, Assistant Professor of Biology—all of Georgia College