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Kristina Tank has been awarded Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship from the University of Minnesota for her work in Science Education. Congratulations Kristie!

Devarati Bhattacharya has been awarded a Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship from the University of Minnesota for her work in Science Education. Congratulations Devarati!

Faculty and graduate students of the STEM Education Center are attending and presenting at the 2013 ASTE Conference in Charleston, SC from January 9th-12th. Click the link below to review the publications posted by the STEM Education Center.

The STEM Education Center has received an $8 million, five-year grant from the National Science Foundation, to partner with 200 Twin Cities metro area teachers to increase science and math learning through engineering for 15,000 students in fourth through eighth grades.

Listen to the KFAI Radio interview with Tamara Moore. Broadcast date: Oct. 4, 2012

The center, with the largest grant it has ever received, will lead an engineering, design-based approach to teacher professional development that will help teachers design curricular units for science topic areas within the Minnesota State Academic Science Standards.

The project will include summer professional development and curriculum writing workshops, paired with a cognitive and content coaching model, to allow teachers to design curricular units focused on science concepts, meaningful data analysis and measurement. Each unit will go through an extensive design research cycle to ensure its quality and then will be submitted to, an online peer-reviewed digital library, for use across the United States and beyond.

Tamara Moore"The project has the potential to change the way partner schools implement STEM education, as well as be a model for other schools globally," says Tamara Moore, project principal investigator and co-director of the STEM Education Center.

"The work of the project is critical to the work of the STEM Education Center," says Moore. "The ideas that have come together for this project represent a holistic view of the best work that we as a team have done so far. Our past research on STEM integration curricular and teacher development is the heart of this project."

Project partners include the University's Center for Compact and Efficient Fluid Power and Center for Applied Research and Educational Improvement, the St. Paul Public Schools, the North St. Paul-Maplewood-Oakdale School District, the South Washington County Schools, the Metropolitan Cooperative Service Unit, and the Grants and Research Office of Intermediate Districts 287 and 916.

The STEM Education Center is pleased to announce Young Rae Kim received a Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship for his research titled "Building a Theoretical Model of Metacognitive Processes in Complex Modeling Activities: A Window into the Development of Students' Metacognitive Abilities." This is a highly competitive award and a major accomplishment.

James Nyachwaya is a science education doctoral student in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Minnesota. Currently, Mr. Nyachwaya serves as a Graduate Research Assistant with the STEM Education Center and is a Teaching Assistant for a pre-service teaching course at the University of Minnesota. His work with the STEM Education Center focuses largely on working with pre-service teachers, to mentor them and help them integrate STEM into their teaching. Mr. Nyachwaya is projected to finish his Ph.D. in science education in April 2012.

Nyachwaya's interest in the STEM fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics dates back to his own high school experience. He experienced firsthand the overlap of the STEM disciplines. In college he majored in chemistry and minored in mathematics. He continued his education by earning a masters degree in chemistry. He saw the importance of integrating STEM when students in his chemistry class started to "tune off" when they encountered math. His experience in these fields as both a student and educator has prompted his desire to work in STEM education, specifically chemistry education. He has a desire to see more integration in the teaching of the various STEM disciplines.

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