Integrating Research and Practice in STEM Education
The Maine Center for Research in STEM Education (RiSE Center) conducts research into education at all levels of instruction within the STEM disciplines: science, technology, engineering and mathematics. We also work to integrate education research into STEM teaching and learning through our many programs, projects and partnerships including graduate education, professional learning opportunities, STEM education improvement, and learning communities for PK–16+ STEM educators.
Since its formation in 2001, the RiSE Center has hosted annual conferences focused on integrating STEM education research and practice. This integration is a significant part of many of the Center’s initiatives, including the Maine STEM Partnership, a statewide preK–16+ STEM education improvement community. Each year the RiSE Center provides district partners with community, professional learning opportunities, and high-quality instructional resources for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics teachers.
The interdisciplinary RiSE Center (Maine Center for Research in STEM Education) is an excellent example of how faculty, staff and students integrate research, teaching and outreach. They incorporate STEM education research into teaching practice — through teacher preparation, education reform, community partnerships, and professional community. This has created numerous positive effects for learners and educators, at all levels, throughout the state.
University of Maine President Joan Ferrini-Mundy
STEM + C: Advancing STEM education with computational thinking
RiSE faculty member John Thompson elected to American Physical Society’s Fellows
RiSE faculty member President Ferrini-Mundy earns national lifetime achievement award
RiSE faculty member Heather Falconer’s new book awarded Best WAC Monograph
RiSE faculty member and MEPRI co-director Janet Fairman featured in teacher workforce shortage article
RiSE Center graduate student Kristen Thompson featured in Maine-eDNA Spotlight article