Icon for: Lisa Lynn


University of Illinois at Chicago

Re-Engaging the Disengaged: A Community Centered Approach to Improving STEM P...

NSF Awards: 1649298

2018 (see original presentation & discussion)

Grades K-6, Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12, Undergraduate, Adult learners, Informal / multi-age

This INCLUDES Design and Development Launch Pilot focuses on shifting the narrative of STEM education away from a solitary focus on formalized educational experiences and targets the “what” of STEM content. Ultimately, this project will develop and facilitate a parallel set of activities designed to engage under represented students in learning how and why STEM is relevant to their lives, through new and non-traditional educational dimensions.

Project Goals & Components

Develop a pilot alliance of community-engaged partners, including university, community college, and K-12 education, community organizations, cultural institutions and industry.

Establish a Community STEM Advocacy Center as an anchoring institution for change embedded within the community that the pilot alliance serves.

Leverage interdisciplinary spaces in curricula, across academic levels, particularly the humanities and social sciences, to integrate and apply STEM on practical, social, economic and political issues of modern life.

Create a Community Ambassadors Program of higher education pilot alliance members in partnership with the community.

Conduct an evaluation of project initiatives and research regarding the usability and feasibility of a systemic approach to developing community-based, interdisciplinary pathways to broaden STEM participation pathways.

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