Our team of researchers and content creators works to define best practices in STEM initiatives. From organizing and judging Science Fairs to providing innovative curriculum advancing computational thinking, we engage communities to broaden STEM teaching and learning in southwest Illinois. Our research is as diverse as our activities! From cognitive science to computer usability, we strive to understand how people best learn and teach STEM in formal and informal settings. Visit our Research and Outreach pages for a complete list of our current activities. Support the STEM Center with a monetary or equipment contribution. Please take the time to designate that the donation is for the STEM Center.
About our Logo:
You may recognize parts of our logo as a “Buckyball” or Fullerine atom. This atom is Carbon 60, and can be modeled using 20 hexagons and 12 pentagons. In 2012, then student and artist Chris Spangler designed our logo. The atom is named for Buckminster Fuller, an American designer and inventor. He was also a professor at SIU Carbondale. You can see evidence of his amazing architecture when you visit SIUE’s campus – our Center for Spirituality and Sustainability is a geodesic dome and is the result of a partnership between Fuller and architect Shoji Sadao.