Applying STEM to Real-World Issues through Service-Learning

Initial Curators: Gavin Luter, Wisconsin Campus Compact & Kelsie George, Campus Compact

Introduction

Children in the US, including Wisconsin, academically underperform in STEM areas (National Science Foundation, 2014; Midwest Higher Education Compact, 2013). In part, as a result, they are not choosing to pursue careers in STEM fields (Lockwood, 2014). However, the labor market will demand that students have STEM credentials, thus creating a skills gap (Georgetown Center on Education and the Workforce, 2013; McGladrey, 2013). One way to address the STEM skills gap is to have higher education work alongside K-12 schools to get children more interested in STEM fields, while also helping struggling students perform better in STEM areas by linking STEM learning to real-world issues. This will, in turn, create better-performing students who are concerned about the intersection of science and citizenship.

Key resources

A) General STEM Resources

B) Science Resources

C) Technology Resources

C) Engineering Resources

D) Mathematics Resources

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