The mission of the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Research and Learning Center is two-fold. First, the Center will facilitate the increase of research capacity within the STEM disciplines, and between STEM and non-STEM fields. Second, the Center will consolidate SFA’s support for STEM education, particularly by coordinating STEM efforts in EC-12, undergraduate and graduate education, and teacher development at all levels.
Interdisciplinary research is a prime focus at SFA.
The STEM Center will catalyze research communication and collaboration within the sciences as well as between the sciences and other disciplines. Particular attention will be given to facilitating research collaboration in partnership with industry, university faculty, staff and students, and stakeholders in the public school system.
Supporting comprehensive STEM education involves both publicizing the value of STEM training and removing barriers to student persistence in the STEM pipeline. In keeping with research findings regarding inhibitors to STEM engagement, the Center will focus on:
- increasing STEM awareness and public perception,
- facilitating innovation in STEM university education,
- providing support for student mentoring during transitional periods in their education,
- guiding STEM teacher induction during the first three years in the classroom, and
- empowering STEM teacher-leaders to transform their districts from within.
|2015 - 2016 Events||Date||Location|
|Leaders of Tomorrow - LOT Crew||Feb. 9||SFA Campus|
|LISD 4th Grade STEM Day||Feb. 11||Lufkin Civic Center|
|STEM Day for High School Students||Feb. 26, 8:30-2:30||Kennedy Auditorium|
|Industry Lectures in STEM - Series of patent education lectures to be delivered throughout the year||
Feb. 22 & March 7, Noon - 1pm
|STEM Center, 101|
|Girl Scout STEM Day||Saturday, April 16, 1:00-4:00pm||STEM Center, Math Building|
|Geo-Days for middle and high school students||TBA, Thursday and Friday 8:30-2pm||STEM Center, 101|
|WiSTEM Fundraiser Luncheon and Fashion Show||Thursday, April 7 11:30||UC Grand Ballroom|
|Mathematics Conference (TX Sect. of MAA)||March 31-April 2||Math Building|
|Cub Scout STEM Day||TBA- summer||STEM Center|
|iMAS (Investigations in Math & Science) Summer Enrichment Camp||June 20-24, 8:30-11:30||STEM Center, SFA Campus|
|SMASH Camp||July 26 - August 2, 2016||STEM Center, SFA Campus|