The College of Education is committed to designing, implementing, and evaluating preparation and professional development programs for teachers that improve the STEM teaching capacities of educators at all levels of schooling. 

Our goal at the College of Education is to broaden perspectives on what STEM education involves and work to support diverse ways of accomplishing the goal of improving STEM teaching and learning.

STEM Goals

Featured STEM Projects

Contact the STEM Coordinator

STEM Goals

To improve STEM teaching and learning we want to partner with you by providing the following:

  • Information about STEM learning opportunities for students and teachers
  • Collaboration opportunities on research projects aimed at designing, implementing, and evaluating effective student learning and professional development practices in STEM
  • Training for pre-service teachers and methods courses for existing innovative and effective STEM Education practices
  • Resources for developing and sustaining STEM Education practices
  • Connections to career and post-secondary STEM options
  • Opportunities to connect with STEM-interested business and industry partners
  • Access to UI College of Education faculty expertise

Featured STEM Projects

Iowa Technology Enhanced Classroom (ITEC)

Lindquist Center has a newly constructed learning space designed to support technologically-fortified, collaborative, problem-solving, learning strategies. College of Education teams have harnessed the expertise of our faculty, campus engineers and technicians, nationally recognized architects and designers, local schools, and peer institutions. The goal is a unique classroom that transforms the way teachers teach and students learn. ​

Visit the Iowa Technology Enhanced Classroom (ITEC) web page to find out what faculty and students are saying about this new learning space.

Science Writing Heuristic (SWH)

The SWH approach is about transforming students’ thinking by transforming the science classroom. With the SWH approach, teachers move away from verification labs and memorization to the kinds of activities, conversations, and writing that real scientists do. Students learn to negotiate meaning both publicly and privately from the results of their work and to argue for their ideas by posing questions, gathering data, and generating claims based on evidence. Critical to this approach is the emphasis on language, both written and oral, through all the negotiation opportunities that are created. This approach creates classroom environments where ideas are debated and everybody has a chance for success – the emphasis is on understanding and practicing science not memorizing scientific facts.

Visit the Science Writing Heuristic web page to see a video and learn more about this project.

Project Hope

Project HOPE (Healthcare Occupations Preparation and Exploration) is a STEM-based curricular intervention that integrates academic and vocational opportunities designed to connect minority and low socioeconomic middle school students to the health science professions early in their education. HOPE addresses the critical national need to increase diversity in the American healthcare workforce.

Visit the Project HOPE web page for more information and to watch a video about this project.

STEM Coordinator

Mark McDermott
Clinical Associate Professor
Science Education Program