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UNCW Receives State Department Grant for IDEA-STEM Program

Sunday, September 09, 2018

UNCW has received a grant through the U.S. Department of State for a program titled “Innovating and Designing Engaged Applications in STEM Education.” Funds totaling $188,064 will support a one-year collaborative effort with educators in Pakistan to build STEM educational and professional capacity in Pakistani middle schools. 

The new IDEA-STEM program will infuse technology in the classroom and focus on the development and implementation of learning units for middle school curriculum in water and natural management, the use of recycled or re-purposed products in waste treatment, and integrating computation modeling and experimentation.

Bill Sterrett, associate professor and coordinator of WCE’s Master of School Administration program, is lead principal investigator on the grant. An interdisciplinary team comprised of Jess Boersma, Karl Ricanek, Chris Gordon, Suhail Sukhera and Mahnaz Moallem will implement the program in partnership with faculty at the University of Education Lahore in Pakistan and four regional middle schools. 

Boersma is associate dean of UNCW’s College of Arts and Sciences and director of Applied Learning; Karl Ricanek is a professor in UNCWs Department of Computer Science; Moallem is a former professor at UNCW and current chair of the Department of Educational Technology and Literacy at Towson University; and Gordon and Sukhera are doctoral students at the Watson College.