UMaine SMART program to be featured in 2017 NSF INCLUDES Video Showcase

The University of Maine’s Stormwater Management Research Team (SMART) program will be featured in the 2017 NSF INCLUDES Video Showcase.

The online event will feature three-minute videos on projects around the country that are aspiring to make STEM education in the United States more inclusive.

The SMART program, based in the College of Engineering, seeks to better engage women, minorities, students with disabilities, and students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds in STEM education through community water research.

The Video Showcase will be live March 20–27. All videos, including the UMaine SMART video, can be seen online during that time.

Throughout the week, members of the UMaine community are encouraged to view the videos and join the online conversations in the discussion boards under each video.

Project organizers are inviting viewers to offer questions and comments, and suggest how their work, experience and expertise might be connected. Organizers say they hope constructive feedback will strengthen the projects and help make STEM education more inclusive.

Last fall, UMaine was one of 37 institutions nationwide to receive first-ever awards for the National Science Foundation’s INCLUDES program, a comprehensive initiative to enhance U.S. leadership in science and engineering by broadening participation in STEM.

More information about the 2017 NSF INCLUDES Video Showcase is online.