GGC hosts conference on innovative STEM education

Educators from across the state gathered at Georgia Gwinnett College today for a conference on enriching the educational experience for undergraduate college students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics – known collectively as the STEM disciplines.

Educators from across the state gathered at Georgia Gwinnett College today for a conference on enriching the educational experience for undergraduate college students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics – known collectively as the STEM disciplines.

“STEM education is a major concern for higher education, as our nation’s continued competitiveness in the global economy is closely tied to these fields,” said Tom Mundie, dean of GGC’s School of Science and Technology. “As a leader in innovative education, Georgia Gwinnett is pleased to host this conference.”

The conference was presented by the Atlanta Regional Network of Project Kaleidoscope (PKAL), an informal alliance that seeks to transform the undergraduate STEM learning environment. PKAL is funded by the National Science Foundation and the W.M. Keck Foundation, and the April 16 conference was funded by the University System of Georgia’s Partnership for Reform in Science and Mathematics (PRISM-I) program.

The conference’s keynote speaker was Bob Beichner, professor of physics, of North Carolina State University. He has developed an innovative, student-centered, active learning environment for teaching physics and other STEM courses for undergraduates. His methods have been adopted at many colleges and universities worldwide.

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