Fri., August 17, 2012 7:56am (EDT)

Georgia Southern Creates STEM Institute
By Associated Press
Updated: 2 years ago

STATESBORO, Ga.  —  
Georgia Southern’s new science, technology, engineering and math education institute will integrate curriculum from kindergarten through college and focus on rural and diverse populations under-represented in STEM areas. (Photo Courtesy of <a href=http://www.freefoto.com/>Ian Britton via FreeFoto.com</a>.)
Georgia Southern’s new science, technology, engineering and math education institute will integrate curriculum from kindergarten through college and focus on rural and diverse populations under-represented in STEM areas. (Photo Courtesy of Ian Britton via FreeFoto.com.)
Georgia Southern University has established a new institute for interdisciplinary science, technology, engineering and math education.

The program called I2STEMe — pronounced "I squared STEM e" — is designed to support thematic grant writing, research and outreach. The STEM institute places a high value on excellence in primary, secondary and higher education teaching and learning in those areas with a focus on rural and diverse populations under-represented in STEM areas.

The institute plans to create a wide variety of partnerships across academia, business, education and research centers in southeast Georgia. It also plans to support professional development, outreach, curricular development, the creation of innovative courses and research in STEM education through grant-funded projects.

The interdisciplinary collaboration addresses and integrates all four facets of STEM curriculum from kindergarten through college.