Liberal Studies STEM Concentration
Students in Don Williams's Physics Pedagogy and Outreach course (Physics 168S) give physics demonstrations at K-12 schools and other venues at least twice a week. Students in ENGR 191T participate in Engineering Projects Day during Spring Semester.
In March 2013, a team of faculty members from the Kremen School of Education and Human Development, the Lyles College of Engineering, and the College of Science and Mathematics received a grant from the California State University Chancellor's Office as part of the Undergraduate Science for Future Elementary Teachers Initiative.
The project, which is supported by the campus's Mathematics and Science Teacher Initiative (MSTI), was designed to develop and implement an innovative 4-course Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Concentration for the Liberal Studies major. Fresno State's Liberal Studies Review Committee approved this new concentration area on 1 May 2013. Members of the cross-disciplinary faculty team revised three existing upper-division science courses and developed a new engineering literacy course. Workshops for course instructors helped to develop a deep understanding of the Common Core State Standards, A Framework for K-12 Science Education, and the Next Generation Science Standards, with an emphasis on mathematical, scientific, and engineering practices; crosscutting concepts; and the integration of mathematics, science and engineering. In 2017, a new STEM education course was added that can be taken as part of the 4-course concentration.
Please see below for the titles of the Liberal Studies STEM Concentration courses, as well as the lead instructors for these courses):
- EHD 180T - Culturally Sustaining Pedagogy in STEM (Dr. Myung Shin: firstname.lastname@example.org)
- ENGR 110 - Engineering Literacy (Dr. Fariborz Tehrani: email@example.com) For more information on this course, click here. Also see pp. 399-412 in this article.
- NSCI 115 - Environmental Earth and Life Science (Dr. Mara Brady: firstname.lastname@example.org)
- NSCI 116 - Energy, Technology, and Society (Karl Runde: email@example.com)
- PHYS 168S - Physics Pedagogy and Outreach (Don Williams: firstname.lastname@example.org) - Visit the course's Facebook page here.
The Liberal Studies STEM Concentration incorporates early clinical fieldwork, including innovative experiences that increase interest, enthusiasm, confidence, and competence in science teaching and learning for grades K-8.
An informational flyer for interested students can be downloaded here.
Over three dozen invited presentations have been given to date regarding this concentration. A paper presented at the California STEM Symposium on 18 November 2013 can be downloaded here. A poster presented at the Fresno State Showcase of Excellence in April 2015 is available for download here.