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The STEM-CORE Seminar Series serves as an opportunity for TTU faculty and staff to join together in the spirit of collaboration and multidisciplinary exploration. Initially, the STEM-CORE directors have attempted to select topics perceived to be of general interest; however, the long-term vision is to have this dialog shaped by those needs and interests articulated by seminar attendees. We would like to thank the TTU Teaching, Learning, and Professional Development Center for hosting the seminar sessions!

Upcoming Seminar Meetings

Date Time Location Title Presenter Summary
10/09/14 11:00 - 11:50 AM TLPDC, Room 153 Assessment and Evaluation of K12 STEM Outreach Dr. Zenaida Aguirre-Muñoz This session will help STEM outreach providers with a process tool to design your evaluation based on your program goals and budget. She will also assist with turning your program goals into to a logical description of how your program works (theory of change) to ensure that your assessment plan, including assessment tools, captures key process and outcome benchmarks. Many funders require a well-developed theory of change; this session will help you develop one. It will also provide some general assessment tools that are commonly used to measure attitudinal and satisfaction of your program participants. If you have a set of tools you use already, Dr. Aguirre-Muñoz can provide you with feedback on the alignment between your tools and stated goals and theory of change.

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11/05/14 1:00 - 1:50 PM TLPDC, Room 153 Research on the role of engineering in the elementary classroom Dr. Michelle Pantoya This talk will discuss how to integrate foundational engineering concepts into elementary curriculum. Highlights will include our work with teachers in the integration of engineering concepts, so as to be able to use those principles in their own efforts; how we measure the impact of this work, again so that they can draw general principles and apply it to their own projects; and, how we build on this work, so that we can seek future funding. The goals of our on-going research are to introduce engineering into K-5th grade using literacy and scaffolded Engineering is Elementarycurriculum. These activities facilitate learning of science concepts and enhance student engagement in all STEM activities. I will discuss how and why engineering is the glue that holds STEM together and can be used as a method for increasing engagement and content understanding of STEM concepts. We have used the Engineering is Elementarycurriculum in Kindergarten classrooms to assess engagement and content learning of STEM concepts. Results from this pilot test will be presented as well as modifications to the research design for future research.

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Past Seminar Meetings

Note:Digital resources from previous seminar meetings will be linked form the table below as promptly as possible following each session. Please contact webmaster.stem@ttu.edu if you experience any technical issues with these links.

Date Title Presenter Summary Resources
09/24/14 Encyclopedia of Earth: A Valuable Tool for Informal Science Education? Dr. Mark McGinley This talk will focus on the Encyclopedia of Earth, an online peer-reviewed source of information about the environment. The Encyclopedia’s scope of content includes all of the environmental sciences, including earth sciences, climate, biology, and the allied aspects of history, archaeology, environmental policy as well as engineering applications. The session will also serve as the kickoff for the 2014-2015 STEM Center for Outreach, Research & Education Seminar Series. Video Recording
April 30, 2014 Logistics of Summer Outreach Dr. Jon Ulmer, Ms. Melissa Cook, Dr. Jaclyn Cañas-Carrell, Dr. Zenaida Aguirre-Muñoz, & Dr. Jerry Dwyer Come spend some time with faculty who have experience with student and adult summer camps. Learn about planning, recruiting students (including underrepresented populations), evaluating your program, and hear from TTU Conference Services. Online registration is now closed. Presentation Slides
November 21, 2013 The State of STEM Outreach & Engagement at TTU Dr. Jerry Dwyer Dr. Dwyer will present an overview of STEM Outreach & Engagement activities from across TTU. The session is intended begin a campus-wide examination of the nature and value of STEM initiatives. He will also be outlining how the newly established STEM-CORE can serve campus partners in facilitating new and existing initiatives. Online registration is now closed. TTU STEM Initiative Index