STEM Education

Astronomy center hosting Minecraft camp during spring break

For youth curious about what Earth would be like without a moon or enjoy exploring unique worlds in Minecraft, the University of Maine Versant Power Astronomy Center and Jordan Planetarium is offering a camp for kids that promotes science and learning by exploring “What-if” Hypothetical Implementations in Minecraft. The camp is during spring break, April […]

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Maine Science podcast features Wheeler in latest episode

The Maine Science podcast featured Rob Wheeler, associate professor of microbiology at the University of Maine, in its last episode to discuss how the immune system responds to fungal infection and how the fungus itself works. The podcast is a production of the Maine Science Festival and has featured other experts from the UMaine community […]

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WMTW highlights UMaine, Tyler Tech partnership to bolster STEM workforce

WMTW (Channel 8 in Portland) reported on a new collaborative effort from the University of Maine and Tyler Technologies Inc. to get students involved in STEM-related careers and education opportunities. Their work involves the company’s official participation in Pathways to Careers, a UMS TRANSFORMS initiative focused on increasing access to internships and experiential learning that […]

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AMC working with UMaine and others to examine mercury in dragonfly larvae

Appalachian Mountain Club scientists collaborated with partners from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), the National Park Service, Dartmouth College, and the University of Maine to examine how mercury bio-accumulates in dragonfly larvae sentinels. This research shows how much mercury is in a given ecosystem, based on differences in habitat across the country.

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UMaine after-school science lab partnership celebrates 15 years

Ask any veteran educator what the most important thing an aspiring teacher can do to prepare themselves for a career in the classroom, and they will likely say there’s no substitute for first-hand experience. At the University of Maine’s College of Education and Human Development, “Early and Often” is the motto when it comes to […]

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UMaine Extension receives $750,000 to boost aquaculture learning tools 

University of Maine Cooperative Extension has received a $750,000 grant to support the development and implementation of virtual reality and other innovative learning tools focused on aquaculture technology.  The grant, part of an $8.2 million funding effort by the National Institutes of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) to boost non-formal education, aims to increase awareness and […]

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Scocchi discusses 4-H Tick Project with News Center

University of Maine Cooperative Extension 4-H youth development professional Carla Scocchi spoke with News Center Maine about the 4-H Tick Project. In this community science program, children and teenagers collect, identify and learn about ticks while contributing to university research. “We can collect the ticks in the drag and immediately test them instead of packaging […]

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University of Maine President Joan Ferrini-Mundy helps a student with their coursework during a mathematics class in early 2020. Photo courtesy of the University of Maine.

President Ferrini-Mundy earns national lifetime achievement award in mathematics education

University of Maine President Joan Ferrini-Mundy will be honored with the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics’ (NCTM) Lifetime Achievement Award on Wednesday, Oct. 25 during the organization’s 2023 Annual Meeting and Exposition in Washington D.C.  Ferrini-Mundy, who has taught secondary and college-level mathematics and researched ways to improve both for nearly five decades, is […]

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News Center Maine features Dagher teaching high school students

News Center Maine reported on Habib Dagher, founding executive director of the University of Maine Advanced Structures and Composites Center, teaching a workshop in which high school students built and tested simple bridges with sticks, spaghetti, marshmallows and gumdrops. The workshop was part of the ACE (Architecture, Construction and Engineering) Mentor Program. “We are constantly […]

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State’s research community to gather at UMaine’s second annual Maine Research Symposium on Biomedical Science and Engineering

The University of Maine Institute of Medicine announced that it is hosting the second annual Maine Research Symposium on Biomedical Science and Engineering from Oct. 25–27. Events will take place at a variety of locations on the university’s flagship campus in Orono. Partner organizations participating in the symposium include The Jackson Laboratory (JAX), MDI Biological Laboratory, MaineHealth, Northern Light Health, the […]

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