Explore the Products
The following materials were created by participants from the October 2020 STEM Futures Workshop. The collection includes a variety of products that illustrate future directions in STEM education: program descriptions, faculty development workshop designs, and more. Each product includes an associated sub-element (e.g. activities, course descriptions, handbooks) to help clarify the direction and substance of the larger product.
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Critical Health Studies Undergraduate Degree Program
Erika Bonadio, Salem College; Spring Duvall, Salem College; Katie Manthey, Salem College; Maria Robinson, Salem College; Jing Ye, Salem College
Critical Health Studies is a transdisciplinary major program of co-taught courses that incorporates STEM subjects (biology, biochemistry, environmental science, psychology, and kinesiology), social sciences (anthropology, sociology, communications, entrepreneurship), and humanities (writing, religion, history, arts), related to health and well-being. Students will proceed through the major in a cohort that is book-ended by project-based learning seminars. A meta focus in action research will lead these cohorts in partnerships with community groups to create meaningful interventions to reduce health inequities. The curriculum will model a decolonized course design to promote fundamental values.
Community-Based Interdisciplinary STEM Certificate
Nawal BENMOUNA, Montgomery College; Vedham Karpakakunjaram, Montgomery College; Milton Nash, Montgomery College; Rebecca Thomas, Montgomery College
Many contemporary problems that impact our daily lives – from the spread of infectious diseases to climate change – demand expertise from one or more STEM domains. Effective solutions require an understanding that moves beyond STEM, integrating the culture, values, and interests of impacted communities. This Community-Based Interdisciplinary STEM Certificate prepares students to solve complex, interdisciplinary problems in the real-world context of their own communities.
The Ethical Reasoning InstrumentTM (ERI)
Cynthia Bauerle, James Madison University; Laura Bottomley, North Carolina State University; Carrie Hall, University of New Hampshire-Main Campus; Daniel Howard, University of New Hampshire-Main Campus; Lisette Torres-Gerald, Nebraska Wesleyan University
We built a digital resource instrument (a wizard) to assist in the development of life sciences curricula that frame biology competencies in the context of ethical reasoning, since ethical and moral reasoning are important dimensions to college student development (Kohlberg, 1976). Using the "Eight Key Questions" framework developed at James Madison University, we generated a series of questions and examples of how instructors can adapt their syllabi, classroom activities, assessment, and pedagogy to re-center ethical reasoning.
A Program Portfolio in Environmental Science as a Way to Integrate Humanistic, Meta-, and Foundational Knowledge and Develop Professional Identity by University of Phoenix
Jacquelyn Kelly, University of Phoenix-Online Campus; Dr. Eve Krahe, University of Phoenix-Phoenix Campus; Mary Elizabeth Smith, University of Phoenix-Phoenix Campus
The program portfolio is a student project that spans across the core coursework in the undergraduate Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science (BS/EVS). Deliverables from multiple core courses contribute toward portfolio creation. The completed portfolio is assessed in the final portfolio course of the program. Students will be able to use their portfolios to demonstrate career-readiness to potential employers and as a personal model and process for professional growth.
Systems and Solutions Certificate
Meghann Jarchow, University of South Dakota; Ranjeet John, University of South Dakota; Karen Koster, University of South Dakota; KC Santosh, University of South Dakota; Bess Vlaisavljevich, University of South Dakota
The Systems and Solutions Certificate will prepare students from all disciplines to use systems thinking and STEM tools to model complex systems and to use design thinking to innovate and iterate toward solutions within these systems. We strive to educate and graduate the leaders who will solve the future's most pressing challenges. Understanding and solving these challenges requires preparing students to create knowledge and innovate within complex systems. We propose undergraduate and graduate certificates in Systems and Solutions within the College of Arts & Sciences at the University of South Dakota.
Convergence of Engineering and Allied Disciplines through Symbiotic Course-Pairs
Kavitha Chandra, University of Massachusetts-Lowell; Christopher Hansen, University of Massachusetts-Lowell; David Willis, University of Massachusetts-Lowell; Yanfen Li, University of Massachusetts-Lowell
The proposed transformative engineering approach integrates core engineering knowledge with allied disciplines, which are defined as disciplines that promote student development of professional skills/dispositions (humanistic and meta knowledge). Specific skills/dispositions the program addresses will include: ethical reasoning, communication, leadership, meta-cognitive skills, creativity, cultural awareness and teamwork. Examples of allied disciplines for engineering students include: humanities, social sciences, arts, and management and entrepreneurship.
Translating STEM, Integrating Values
Becky Bates, Minnesota State University-Mankato; Alexandra Bradner, Kenyon College
Translating across disciplines, which are often identified by their different styles of reasoning, is challenging, but responsible citizenship requires the use of multiple perspectives to solve problems. Our translation goal is to value what other disciplines already do and know, and find pathways to incorporate that knowledge both within and outside STEM. This team has considered these translational challenges from both a liberal arts perspective and an engineering/science perspective, and have connected both to the use of narrative and story. We present two credentials in STEM communications and in ethics that help students learn the skills of translation, while practicing integration.
University of Maryland, Baltimore CURE Scholars Program: A Culminating Design Thinking Capstone Experience
Dr. TaShara Bailey, University of Maryland, Baltimore; Gia McGinnis, University of Maryland-Baltimore; Sequoia Wright
The UMB CURE Scholars Program is a year-round, holistic STEM and healthcare pipeline program for West Baltimore middle and high school youth. Scholars enter the program at 6th grade and continue through the end of high school. CURE provides afterschool and summer programming, and annual STEM exposition fair, as well as social-emotional support and parent and community engagement through its social work program. High school scholars participate in paid summer internships in partnership with Baltimore City's summer employment program. As the oldest scholars are now juniors, we seek to design a culminating project-based capstone experience ending in their 12th grade year that would allow them to synthesize their work from the prior six years of effort through a Design Thinking Framework. Ultimately, we ask the questions, "What does it mean to "graduate" from the CURE Program?" and "What knowledge and skills do they need to demonstrate readiness for STEM/healthcare college and career programs?"
Scientific Solutions for Society (SS4S) Certificate Program
Adriana Bankston, Co-Director, Policy Taskforce, Future of Research & Chief Outreach Officer, Journal of Science Policy and Governance (JSPG); Peggy Biga, University of Alabama at Birmingham; Chris Bolden, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston; Teresa Eastburn, University of Colorado at Boulder; Harinder Singh, University of California-Irvine
Scientific Solutions for Society (SS4S) is a graduate & professional certificate program aimed at training participants to solve key societal problems of today and the future using science and innovation. The program will focus on effective science communication, the impact and processes of establishing policies, and the principles of sustainability and real time assessment of innovations for society at local & global level. Participants will gain essential skills to be applied in solving real world problems and develop leadership skills by serving as trainers for subsequent course offerings.
A Course Scaffold for Integrating Science and Culture: A Water Example
Amy Charkowski, Colorado State University; Hugo Gutierrez, University of Texas at El Paso; Sharon Locke, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville; Joey Nelson, Stanford University; Tracy Wacker, University of Michigan-Flint
The History and Future of Water integrates the sciences and humanities. This course will engage students with different perspectives (e.g, economics, geological, hydrological, societal) on the history of water and guide students to integrate these with their own perspectives based on personal and cultural beliefs. This integrated understanding will lead students to a STEM-informed and culturally-informed approach for thinking about water sustainability and resiliency. Students create a digital portfolio over the entirety of the course that showcases this integrated learning for them as an individual to be shared with other students, thereby learning from one another's cultural backgrounds and experiences. Instructors can easily adapt this course to fit their disciplinary expertise and specific group of students!