Sept. 27: College of Education hosts STEM Education Research Summit

By C. Brandon Chapman, College of Education

Mike Trevisan

PULLMAN, Wash. – The WSU College of Education will host some of the region’s top STEM education leaders on the Pullman campus, starting 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 27, as part of its STEM Education Research Summit.

While STEM occupations are growing, and the need for STEM knowledge and expertise increases, so too is the rising expectation for good STEM education in the K-20 system.

However, how to best implement STEM-related curriculum and provide teachers with appropriate professional development is still a highly vexing matter for much of the state and country.

“While there are still unanswered questions, our faculty are experts in this field and have done a good deal of research toward understanding what works in STEM education,” said Mike Trevisan, dean of the  College of Education.

Washington STEM LogoA representative of Washington STEM and Noel Schulz, WSU professor of electrical engineering, will offer the session’s opening comments. The summit will include multiple sessions on:

  • How students learn through project-based STEM activities.
  • Increasing Native student success in STEM and medical fields.
  • Effectiveness of STEM high schools, such as Riverpoint Academy in Spokane, and their innovative approaches.
  • Helping students with disabilities succeed using assistive technologies such as mobile devices, virtual reality, augmented reality and wearable devices.
  • Improving math instruction through effective professional development for math teachers.

The summit also will conclude with remarks from President Kirk Schulz.

Anyone interested in STEM education research is encouraged to register and attend, at no cost. More information can be found at


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