Bioscience

UA selected for competitive nationwide STEM initiative

July 5, 2013

By Flinn Foundation

The University of Arizona is one of only eight institutions in the nation to be selected and funded under a major, nationwide initiative designed to greatly enhance science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education.

Under the initiative, the UA has established the UA AAU STEM Project, a comprehensive, interdisciplinary effort that significantly will expand STEM-related collaborative enterprises, curricula and funding opportunities.

The UA AAU STEM Project will be funded through 2016. Among other efforts, the project will result in:

• The redesign of three foundational STEM courses—general chemistry, introductory biology and introductory physics/mechanics—and two additional courses—elements of chemical engineering II and computer programming for engineering applications;
• The creation of instructional development teams, whose members will develop course materials and interactive web-based resources;
• New professional development opportunities for faculty;
• Evaluations of student learning and course effectiveness;
• Several existing UA facilities being modified to enhance teaching and learning environments.

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UA one of only eight institutions selected for nationwide STEM initiative