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Why St. Kate’s

All courses in the STEM minor are lab-based, allowing you to design and conduct experiments and also design and build structures. You will be engaged actively in learning using your minds and hands.

Interdisciplinary approach

All STEM courses are taught by a STEM faculty member and an education faculty member. For education majors, teaching pedagogy is infused into the sciences.

Thirteen faculty members are involved in the program, reprepresenting the education, physics, biology, chemistry and mathematics departments.

Scientific literacy

In the final course, “Robots and the Earth,” the program intergrates literacy skills. Understanding STEM text is different from other forms of literature. Writing a technical report is different than writing creatively, so we pose the question: How do you read a science text to get the most out of it? It’s not like a novel. There’s a special skill to reading it. One objective of this course is to help students learn to teach these literacy skills to elementary students.

GLOBE process and measurements

Several courses in the minor are based on the Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) program, an international K–12 science education program to help teachers become more proficient in scientific skills and data analysis. As part of this program, students build a database of their research, making it possible for future STEM students to analyze earlier data.