STEM Education

UMaine, Naval ROTC announce new Pathways to Engineering program

The University of Maine and the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (NROTC) are collaborating to provide opportunities for students who might otherwise not be academically competitive for NROTC scholarships, including those from underserved populations, to pursue degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. Naval ROTC seeks high-quality STEM students, while recognizing that diversity […]

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Balunkeswar (Balu) Nayak

Food science majors to engage in active learning to prepare for industry demands

Balunkeswar (Balu) Nayak is leading a charge to strengthen food science majors’ understanding of science and engineering by replacing lecture-centered instruction with active-learning strategies. The University of Maine associate professor of food processing is directing a multi-university project to boost math knowledge and problem-solving skills of food science majors for careers in food processing, food […]

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STEM education improvement community to talk strategies Nov. 16–17

University of Maine faculty, staff and graduate students will discuss evidence-guided teaching and learning strategies with preK–12 STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) teachers Nov. 16–17 at Point Lookout in Northport. About 125 attendees are expected at the eighth annual fall summit of the Maine STEM Partnership, a statewide education improvement community. “The summit is […]

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Teachers from 14 school districts on campus for STEM education workshop

Twenty Maine K–12 STEM teachers from 14 school districts are expected to be at the University of Maine Sept. 8 from 9 a.m. to noon for a STEM education workshop by the Maine Center for Research in STEM Education (RiSE). In their physical, life or Earth sciences classrooms, teachers use research-based materials from the RiSE […]

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EPSCoR, Cooperative Extension demonstrate Maine-themed science toolkits

In 2014, a small group of students, faculty and staff from Maine EPSCoR and University of Maine Cooperative Extension discussed the possibility of creating a suite of marine science curricula to distribute in classrooms across the state. Over the years, this seed of an idea has grown into a set of nationally recognized, hands-on science […]

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Ellsworth American publishes UMaine release on SEANET grants

The Ellsworth American adapted a University of Maine news release on grants for Down East aquaculture research. The grants from Maine EPSCoR’s Sustainable Ecological Aquaculture Network (SEANET) will fund two projects in Washington County to investigate the effects of environmental change and management policies on Atlantic sea scallops and soft-shell clams. SEANET’s goal is to […]

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Maine 4-H featured in 2018 STEM for All Video Showcase

A video of Sandy Copel-Parsons, a 4-H community education assistant for the University of Maine Cooperative Extension in Machias, is included in the National Science Foundation’s 2018 STEM for All Video Showcase. Copel-Parsons is a representative for Maine 4-H, a partner in the STEM Guides program. The showcase is a way for more than 200 […]

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STEM Lecture

Lesson learned? Analysis finds lectures still dominate STEM education

An analysis of more than 2,000 college classes in science, technology, engineering and math has imparted a lesson that might resonate with many students who sat through them: Enough with the lectures, already. Published March 29 in the journal Science, the largest-ever observational study of undergraduate STEM education monitored nearly 550 faculty as they taught […]

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