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Office of STEM Education Purpose

The  UNO Office of STEM Education is committed to improving science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education.  It is our belief that the two key elements for change should be 1) viewing these four areas of STEM as one instructional entity, with teaching being done in context and always showing the interconnections of the STEM areas.  It is our belief that the common “silo” teaching of STEM concepts (where disciplines are not connected in anyway), has not given students the necessary experiences to see the value of learning STEM concepts, as well as not giving them the needed “habits of mind” related to STEM literacy that our current and future society needs, and 2) all students should experience relevant and vibrant STEM education.  In a recent report “Preparing the Next Generation of STEM Innovators,” recommendation #2 states a need to “to nurture potential in all demographics of students.” We have observed that too often, the focus of STEM education has been on only the “top” students.