Thursday, May 23, 2013

Check out this great STEM Student story!

Kiera Wilmot, a Florida honors student was arrested after her science experiment was deemed a "chemical explosion" by authorities.  Now officially cleared of all wrongdoing, her academic life has taken a surprising turn.

Kiera is going to Space Camp!  And the man helping to pay her way is NASA veteran, Homer Hickman, who was also once arrested as a teen.  "I couldn't let this go without doing something," Hickam said. "I'm not a lawyer, but I could give her something that would encourage her. "

He also helped raise funds so Kiera's twin sister, Kayla, could attend the Camp, too.

Kiera, her mother Marie, and her sister Kayla

Read more about her story here!  And learn more about Space Camp here!  

Friday, May 17, 2013

Great Work, SSIG Instructors!

Thank you to our STEM G SSIG instructors for all of their creativity, dedication and hard work this spring!  A special thank you to Audriana Stark for her innovation and outstanding leadership in coordinating the SSIG effort, and for collecting the following data...


  • 71% stated that as a result of taking this course, their understanding of how to be a proficient learner was greatly or somewhat increased
  • 69% stated that their appreciation for science and math courses required outside of their major department was greatly or somewhat increased
  • 77% stated that their ability to analyze and solve problems was greatly or somewhat increased
  • 83% stated that their understanding of science and the scientific method was greatly or somewhat increased
  • 74% agreed or strongly agreed that their SSIG course supported their desire to pursue a degree in science or engineering

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Congratulations to STEM Gateway instructors!

Two of our very own STEM Gateway instructors have been recognized 
for their hard work and commitment to students.

Dr. Sushilla Knottenbelt, 

Outstanding Lecturer of the Year

Debby Casson, 

Outstanding Online Teacher of the Year

Thank you for being a part of our program and congratulations!