STEM Workshop Oct. 22

Workshop for USF faculty, K-12 teachers and administrators, and science/technology community partners focuses on service learning.

TAMPA, Fla. (Oct. 12, 2010) – On Oct. 22, 2010, the USF Office of Community Engagement in partnership with the USF Alliance for Applied Research in Education and Anthropology and the School District of Hillsborough County Learn and Serve Office will host a one-day workshop to promote greater awareness of research and experience in teaching STEM subjects in collaboration with community partners.

The workshop will be held at the Crosswinds Wesley Foundation at USF, 12710 N. 50th St., Tampa, 33617. It begins at 9 a.m and ends at 2:30 p.m. Lunch will be provided. To register, contact Sue MacDonald at 974-5398.

Expanding opportunities in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math have focused new attention on how these subjects are introduced in early grades and how careers are formed in higher education.

Service-learning is a method of teaching that uses experiential learning to bridge classroom instruction with real-life examples of knowledge application outside the classroom. Service-learning can instill added excitement and understanding in children and more certain paths to career choices for young adult

Speakers at the workshop will present NSF-funded research on STEM pedagogy and describe examples of USF service-learning courses with Hillsborough County math and science teachers.

The goal of the workshop will be to promote new service-learning STEM courses at USF, to establish partnerships between USF STEM faculty and K-12 teachers, and to link community agencies and organizations with service-learning opportunities.

This event is funded by the Florida Campus Compact. Stipends are available for faculty and teachers who develop courses or partnerships.

For more information, please contact Susan Greenbaum, Director of USF Office of Community Engagement; sgreenbaum@usf.edu