CREATE for STEM Co-Integrate Talk: Monica Karunakaran

Mathematics anxiety among elementary preservice teachers is a well-documented phenomenon that greatly affects their ability to engage in teacher preparation courses (e.g., Dutton, 1951; Gresham, 2007; Sloan, 2010). One way for instructors to engage with PSTs is to interact with them informally (Lamport, 1993). Informal conversations present an opportunity to increase students’ confidence and address… Read More »

CREATE Science Seminar: BaoHui Zhang

Title: STEM Fever – Is STEM Education Good for All? Abstract: STEM refers to the four specific disciplines–Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. STEM education was meant to develop interests and competence for K-12 and college students to be able to work in STEM fields either as scientists or experienced workers after they graduate. However, people… Read More »

CREATE Science Seminar: Yore Kedem

Topic: That’s Beautiful! Aesthetics and Science Education. One of the central roles of science education is to cause students to fall in love, and therefore become interested and engaged in science. Gallagher (1997) wrote “We become what we love. Our destiny is in our desires, yet what we seek to possess soon comes to possess… Read More »

Youth Diabetes Health Summit

CREATE for STEM Institute of Michigan State University, the University of Michigan School of Public Health and partners in Flint and Genesee County invite the public to attend an event hosted by Health in Our Hands. During the Youth Diabetes Health Summit, sixth graders from Flint Community Schools and Clio Schools will report the findings from… Read More »

CREATE Science Seminar: Dr. Matthew Kloser

Title: “Is biology education evolving?: Critiquing three cases of high school and undergraduate biology education reform.” Abstract: Questions are at the heart of biological inquiry. The discipline is shaped by an endless variety of avenues for investigation and an equally diverse and creative set of methods that help justify claims about the living world. Yet,… Read More »

CREATE Science Seminar: Christa Haverly

Title: Developing Urban Elementary Teachers’ Responsiveness to Students’ Scientific Sense-Making. Abstract: Traditional elementary science teaching is documented as limited, fact- and activity-based, and disconnected from students’ lived experiences and scientific sense-making. Responsive science teaching has the potential to disrupt this status quo in order to increase science literacy for students who have been historically marginalized… Read More »

CREATE Science Seminar: Dr. Kevin Haudek, MSU

Title: Using Automated Analysis to Reveal Student Thinking in STEM Abstract: In the Automated Analysis of Constructed Response (AACR) Research Group, we develop constructed response assessment items and associated predictive machine learning models that allow formative evaluation of student writing. This talk will provide a brief overview of the methodology we employ to develop automated… Read More »

CREATE Science Seminar-Dr. Marilyne Stains, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Title: Importance of characterizing STEM faculty members’ instructional mindsets and practices in an era of instructional transformation Abstract: Local and national initiatives to improve the learning experiences of students enrolled in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) courses have been on-going for a couple of decades with a heightened momentum within the last ten years.… Read More »

CREATE Science Seminar-Dr. Louise Mead and Dr. Alexa Warwick, BEACON Center, MSU

Title: ConnectedBio curriculum: three-dimensional learning from molecules to populations Abstract: Students are often taught evolution isolated from genetic and cellular mechanisms. In reality, a complete understanding of evolution requires knowledge spanning many biological sub-disciplines and levels. To address this issue, the ConnectedBio project team (MSU, Concord Consortium) is developing a set of technology-enhanced lessons for… Read More »