Workshop Announcement: The Future Substance of STEM Education - a Virtual Opportunity

published Jul 31, 2020 9:07am

We invite you to apply to be part of a virtual webinar-and-workshop-based project entitled "The Future Substance of STEM Education" sponsored by the National Science Foundation.

Webinar dates: Sept. 15, 17, 23, and 24, 2020 (times TBD)
Virtual Workshop (Design Studio Format): Oct. 5 - 9, 2020 from 10:00am - 3:00pm Pacific Time

Recognizing the challenges of an uncertain and rapidly evolving world, this project will design novel STEM education programs that rethink the substantive content of STEM in higher education - the content that influences the breadth of participation in, and preparation for, tomorrow's careers and challenges.

The specific innovation we are advancing is that future STEM programs must dissolve the traditional silos between scientific knowledge, essential skills, and human values, nurturing what we are calling "humanistic knowledge" and "meta knowledge" alongside traditional "foundational knowledge". More about this framework can be found here.

The workshop will follow a design studio format in which teams will produce curricular programs for the future. The webinars will feature discussions with noted leaders and thinkers in STEM and the role of STEM in society. Committed discussants include:

Dr. Candace Thille, the Director of Learning Science and Engineering at Amazon
Dr. Thomas Zurbuchen, the Associate Administrator for Science at NASA
Prof. Susan Rundell Singer, Provost of Rollins College
Prof. Richard Pitt, UC San Diego

We invite your application as an individual or part of a design team! Please apply here.

Application deadline: August 12, 2020

More information can be found on the project website.