Event Fuels Classroom Innovation

Monday, February 22, 2010

Nearly 100 faculty members from 13 USG institutions gathered at the University of West Georgia for the USG Regional Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Institute this past weekend.

Nearly 100 faculty members from 13 USG institutions gathered at the University of West Georgia for the USG Regional Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Institute this past weekend. The Institute, hosted by Gordon College, Clayton State and West Georgia, provides an opportunity for a cross-pollination of ideas and projects on STEM between institutions in Georgia.

“The Institute provides a great opportunity for STEM faculty from UWG and other USG Institutions to share and learn about various pedagogical approaches geared toward helping increase the number of students who succeed in the STEM disciplines,” said Dr. Duane Yoder, associate dean in UWG’s College of Arts and Sciences and co-chair of the conference.

The host schools received a $21,000 grant from the Georgia Partnership for Reform in Science and Mathematics supported by the National Science Foundation to host this regional STEM Institute, themed “Engaging the STEM Student In and Out of the Classroom.”

Concurrent sessions were held in the Campus Center Ballroom for participants to  attend plenary sessions, focus groups and a poster question and answer session.

The keynote address and evening community lecture was presented by Sir Harry Kroto, a Francis Eppes professor of Chemistry at Florida State University and the recipient of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1996.

“That nearly 50 STEM faculty participated in the Institute demonstrates the dedication our faculty have in wanting to excel both in and out of the classroom, in order to help students reach their academic and professional goals,” said Yoder.

For more information on the STEM Institute at UWG, go to http://www.westga.edu/~asfacts/STEM/.