What is Science in Our Community?
The Stan State Science in Our Community outreach program is dedicated to science education and public engagement. This program, supported by volunteer efforts of Stan State students, faculty, and staff provides STEM activities to educationally and economically disadvantaged students in the University's service area.
The Science in Our Community STEM outreach program seeks to:
- encourage the community to visit the local campus;
- encourage students to be engaged in the STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics);
- encourage local students to attend Stan State, and consider a STEM major, especially those populations underrepresented in the STEM Community (i.e. Hispanics and women);
- allow Stan State students to teach the community about science and its importance in society today;
- promote Science as lifelong learning for all citizens.
Science in Our Community started in the spring of 2013 with our annual event Science Day. This event was led by one faculty member, Dr. Mark Grobner, and two staff members, Ms. Julie Fox and Mr. Brett Forray with the support of five student volunteers. The program received such a positive response, since then it has grown progressively to what it is today.
Today Science in Our Community does many events throughout the year, such as Science Day, Science Saturday, Junior Scientist, Solar Suitcase, and many more. The program now works with over 50 faculty members, 30 staff members, and over 300 student volunteers on average annually. The program has now established its own steering committee.
The Science in Our Community Steering Committee provides advocacy and guidance for developing STEM Education and infrastructure development for Science in Our Community. The Steering Committee addresses sustainability issues, academic quality, program development, faculty development, and fiscal support.
Updated: March 03, 2023