Integrated STEM Programs

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About the iSTEM Teaching Programs

Demand for people with knowledge and skills in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) continues to grow in the US. However, the separate STEM disciplines are often siloed such that students fail to recognize and leverage the connections among the disciplines.  

The integrated STEM (iSTEM) programs at UNCW train students to see and use the connections among the disciplines. For example, ecologists regularly use differential equations to model population and community dynamics, and chemists are harnessing computational approaches to investigate molecular structures. These students will be able to apply general STEM problem-solving strategies (e.g., scientific method, engineering design process, modeling) to address real world problems. The programs couple this STEM education with training to teach STEM disciplines with this integrated focus.

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The iSTEM programs are offered by the Watson College of Education in partnership with the College of Arts and Sciences. Courses will be taught by STEM content experts and faculty in WCE’s secondary education and instructional technology programs.

WCE and CAS faculty will also partner to direct apprenticeships in schools, oversee action research projects, serve as student advisors and provide close mentoring in the hands-on design of integrated STEM projects.

Through courses, field placements and projects, students will learn to emphasize the rich connections between STEM disciplines, break the curriculum silos, and develop effective inquiry-based, project-based, and problem-based instruction.