STEM Center Summer Activities

STEM Center Summer Activities

The SIUE STEM Center has a busy summer planned, and we wanted to share the various STEM programming that we have coming up.

REU – For the third year, the STEM Center, in partnership with the Illinois Natural History Survey, will be hosting a National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduate (REU) site. In June, ten undergraduate students from throughout the United States will be coming to SIUE to conduct research in archaeology and ecology. Their research will  focus on investigating evidence consistent with the onset of the Anthropocene in the Upper Mississippi River System. Students will be conducting archaeological investigations and sampling fish communities. They will also gain experience using long-term datasets that include over 2000 years of data of fishing in the Mississippi River system. After conducting research over multiple weeks, the REU students will analyze their findings, and create a research poster. This poster will be presented on campus in the MUC on July 25th from 1:00 to 3:00 pm in the Mississippi/Illinois Room.

Noyce Summer Scholars – Throughout June and July, freshman and sophomores from SIUE and surrounding junior colleges will work with the STEM Center as Noyce Summer Scholars. From June to mid-July, interns will plan and give lessons in STEM twice weekly to elementary age students at a day camp. At the end of July, they will assist camp instructors at Science Odyssey Camp.

Library Outreach – As part of an afterschool program in June, Colin Wilson, one of the STEM Center’s outreach specialist, will be going to Six Mile Regional Library in Granite City on June 26 & July 10 to teach robotics to children. Other SIUE faculty will be there to teach students about various subjects.

Urban Gardening Summer Camp – On June 10-13, 24 boys and girls in grades 3-8 and residents of the Madison County Housing Authority, will participate in the Urban Gardening Summer Camp. This camp will take place in SIUE classrooms and throughout the campus as student engage in outdoor learning activities.  Participants will learn about and test environmental quality, like pollution’s effects on soil, sound, and watery. The camp will end with a hike at Pere Marquette State Park.

Environmental Science Research Academy – The STEM Center, in collaboration with the SIUE Environmental Sciences department, is offering a Summer Research Academy for high school students in the Edwardsville area. Students, ages 14-17, will conduct research on how different insect populations react to pesticide treatments. They will collect data, analyze results, and present their interpretations in a symposium. The Summer Research Academy is free for students and will take place on June 17-21.

Robotics and Mechatronics Teacher Workshop – On June 26 & 27th, the STEM Center is hosting a workshop for high school teachers in the St. Louis Metro East who teach STEM areas or design-based vocational subjects. Through this workshop, teachers will learn about mechatronics and robotics and how they can be used to enhance their students’ learning. Teachers will also gain access to free teaching materials and mechatronics project tutorials online. Finally, teachers will explore ways and make plans to implement mechatronics and/or robotics activities into their curriculum.

Odyssey –  The Odyssey Science Camp takes place Monday – Friday, July 15-26. Odyssey Science Camp provides area youth an opportunity to experience the excitement of science firsthand. Odyssey Science Camp is available for children aged 7-13. Participants are divided into groups by age and experience. Lab activities are mixed with recreational periods for a well-rounded summer camp experience. Topics and activities include the introduction to scientific principles, building math skills through games, “crime scene” investigations, building and programming robots, renewable energy, and launching model rockets. Read more about the different groups here.

Teaching with Primary Sources – Teaching with Primary Sources is for elementary and middle school teachers who hope to introduce STEM education into their curriculum. Teachers will explore human impacts on communities with analysis tools and primary sources to learn how to incorporate STEM-related thinking into classroom curriculum. Teachers will also have the opportunity to create a plan to integrate similar activities and tools into their own curriculum with the support of STEM educators. This will take place on July 18 & 19, with 20 spots available for teachers. More information about how to sign up will be available soon.

Educational Outreach Teacher Workshop – On July 23 & 24, the STEM Center will offer a teacher workshop “Computational Thinking in the K-12 Classroom”. There will be spots for 20 teachers of grades K – 12, and more information about how to sign up will be available soon. Teachers in this workshop will learn the basic computer science, and how to integrate computational thinking into their classroom curriculum.