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Attend a Class on How to Create Science Videos With Your Smartphone

SciFund Challenge and the Long Term Ecological Research Network are teaming up to offer another outreach training class for scientists! This one is all about learning to make short videos! Do you want to learn how to tell the public about your science through video? Do you want to have the skills to put together compelling short...

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Students Test Ecology Concepts With NEON Data

It’s one thing to read about ecological concepts in a textbook. It’s another to see them revealed by real-world data. Students in Paul Venturelli’s class at Ball State University recently explored key ecological concepts using data from the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) program. Paul, an Assistant Professor in the Ball State University Department of...

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Introducing the New STEM Center Website

Since its creation in 2011 the STEM Center at Colorado State University has served as a central hub of collaboration and connection in the STEM fields for campus members and the community. Although our original website served its purpose during the earlier stages of the Center we realized to best serve the needs of our...

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Tips for Developing STEM Education, Outreach, and Engagement

Welcome to the STEM Center’s Tips for Developing STEM Education, Outreach, and Engagement! We are excited to bring you this series of articles focused on many aspects of developing and implementing STEM programming, activities, and classroom resources. If you are interested in learning more how to plan programming, develop tools and resources, and implement programs...

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Resources for Grant Development Series

Welcome to the STEM Center’s Grant Development Resources! We are excited to bring you this series of articles focused on funding sources and grant development. Although our Center focuses on education, outreach, and engagement in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, most of these resources will be useful to anyone involved in developing and submitting grant...

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Prefiguring Sustainability through Participatory Action Research Experiences for Undergraduates: Reflections and Recommendations for Student Development

Abstract: PAR-based UREs are undergraduate research experiences (UREs)—built into university-community partnerships—that apply principles of participatory action research (PAR) towards addressing community-defined challenges. In this paper, we advance PAR-based UREs as an action-oriented framework through which higher education institutions can simultaneously enact and advance the United Nations sustainable development agenda, while cultivating student development. We draw upon...

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Linking Biophysical, Socioeconomic, and Political Effects of Climate Change on Agro-Ecosystems

Abstract: To meet the sustainability challenges of the future, we need leaders who are trained to work well in diverse, multidisciplinary teams and a populace that understands the biophysical and socioeconomic challenges facing humanity and how to meet the needs of its diverse stakeholders. With a goal of increasing climate literacy amongst college students, we...

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Who produces knowledge? Transforming undergraduate students’ views of science through participatory action research

Abstract: Undergraduate research experiences (UREs) that include interdisciplinary, engagement‐oriented, and collaborative experiences have the potential to benefit students in unique ways. Through these innovative experiences, students are able to see the social impact and importance of their work—a factor known to strengthen the academic and career persistence of students traditionally underrepresented in science, technology, engineering,...

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Toward Meaningful Interdisciplinary Education: High School Teachers’ Views of Mathematics and Science Integration

Abstract: Numerous national initiatives call for interdisciplinary mathematics and science education, but few empirical studies have examined practical considerations for integrated instruction in high school settings. The purpose of this qualitative study was twofold. First, the study sought to describe how and to what extent teachers integrate mathematics and science curricula in their classrooms after...

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Neuroscience Experiment Kits for Students

Muscles Alive!, a neuroscience education outreach program led by researchers from the Neuromuscular Function Lab at Colorado State University teamed up with Backyard Brains to provide affordable neuroscience experiment kits for students of all ages to learn about electrophysiology.  These Human EMG devices were recently showcased at the USA Science and Engineering Festival and on...

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