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Great Plains STEM Education Center

STEM is about changing classroom dynamics to motivate all students. The methodology includes integration of content and context, in other words, connecting the abstract to the world of students. On a macro level, our school systems are fragmented and do not do well to serve our workforce needs or reinforce our economic development investments. A proven method of changing classroom dynamics and serving our state's future needs is to involve all stakeholders in a coordinated statewide STEM Learning Network. This is the pathway to leadership in STEM Education. The Great Plains STEM Education Center is in the process of facilitating that effort.
At the Great Plains STEM Education Center, our goal is to bring North Dakota to the forefront of STEM Education.

Our role is to provide leadership, professional development for teachers and administrators, documentation of STEM Education competence through endorsements that appear on licenses and certificates that appear on transcripts, promote student competitions and connect with the larger community. In other words, transform delivery of these critical subjects.
 
So what is STEM Education?

It is more than the acronym implies, it is much more than Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.
  • STEM Education above all, is about student engagement; something American schools are not doing very well at present.
  • STEM Education is about project based learning.
  • STEM Education utilizes the scientific inquiry process and the engineering design process.
  • STEM Education is trans disciplinary.
  • STEM Education utilizes elements of competition.
  • STEM Education is about active learning.
  • STEM Education is about collaboration and teamwork.
  • STEM Education is about practical problem solving.
  • STEM Education connects the abstract to the lives of students.
  • STEM Education intermingles process and content.
  • STEM Education is standards-based.
  • STEM Education provides students a reason to invest in rigorous subjects.
  • STEM Education is Education for the 21st Century.
  • STEM Education is about America's future.
 
This is one of the workshops we have conducted, The Bubble Festival.
bubble festival
 

Great Plains STEM Education Center News Bulletin

 
Great Plains STEM Education Center Q1 2014 Quarterly Report | View
Great Plains STEM Education Center 2013 Year End Report | View
Great Plains STEM Education Center Q1 2013 Quarterly Report | View
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Office Information
David DeMuth Jr., Ph.D.
Executive Director
Phone: 701-845-7437 or 1-800-532-8641 ext 37437
Email: david.demuth@vcsu.edu

Gary Ketterling, Ph.D.
STEM Education Coordinator
Phone: 701-845-7446 or 1-800-532-8641 ext 37446
Email: gary.ketterling@vcsu.edu

Teresa Cole
Administrative Assistant
Phone: 701-845-7441 or 1-800-532-8641 ext 37441
Email:teresa.cole@vcsu.edu
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