Caption: Spark Your Summer took place over three Saturdays during the month of July at the East Baton Rouge Parish River Center Branch Library located in downtown Baton Rouge. The workshops were held in the library’s Maker Space, covering topics including Safety & Hand Tools, Basic Electricity & HVAC 101, as well as Basic Auto Care.
The Capital Area STEM Network Center's dynamic initiative, the Spark Your Summer program, was developed to empower and uplift single mothers, especially within the ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) demographic. This program is a collaboration between the East Baton Rouge Parish Library’s STEM Team and the East Baton Rouge Parish Career and Technical Education Center (EBR CTEC).
Caption: Kaleb Gardner, a dedicated Project Coordinator at the LSU Gordon A. Cain Center for STEM Literacy, plays a key role in statewide STEM outreach efforts. In July, Gardner led LSU’s inaugural teacher workshop, paving the way for the groundbreaking Choice Credit for College Learning program.
INTRODUCING THE CHOICE CREDIT FOR COLLEGE LEARNING MODEL: EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES FOR ADVANCED COURSES
In education, equal opportunities for students to take advanced courses are vital. That’s why we’re excited to introduce the Choice Credit for College Learning model. The Choice Credit model allows students to choose whether to include LSU course credits on their transcript based on their final grade. Teachers receive specialized training to guide students in college-level courses.
LSU ENERGY INNOVATION ‘ENGINE’ HIGHLIGHTED IN SCIENCE
In its current issue, Science magazine highlights how the statewide, LSU-led team of universities, community and technical colleges, agencies and industry is a semifinalist for a $160-million National Science Foundation (NSF) grant. The grants, known as Engines, are designed to broaden the NSF’s focus from fundamental research to commercialization, turning discoveries into high-tech industries and jobs.
Hurricane season officially runs June 1 through November 30, but Louisiana State Climatologist and LSU professor Barry Keim and a group of researchers are finding hurricane season is becoming longer in duration, with the season beginning earlier and ending later.
“Seven of the last eight years we‘ve had named storms from before hurricane season officially began on June 1. We technically had a named storm in January of 2023,” said Keim, who is the Richard J. Russell Professor in the LSU Department of Geography & Anthropology.
Caption: Fundamentals of Sound Engineering, one of ten LSU Gordon A. Cain Center for STEM Literacy’s Summer Academy offerings, was designed for students who are interested in music and/or sound design. Summer Academy took place on the LSU campus from July 9 through July 22, 2023.
LSU's Gordon A. Cain Center STEM Summer Academy collaborated with Upward Bound for an impactful experience, hosting over 100 students from multiple states for 10 diverse STEM courses. Students, commuting or residing in dorms, engaged in hands-on learning and exciting excursions, exploring iconic sites. The program’s success drives plans for expansion, promising more opportunities and courses in the future.
LSU STEM Pathways Scholarships
If you’re an incoming first-year LSU student in 2023–2024 and have completed at least four (4) LSU STEM Pathway courses or earned a Gold or Silver STEM Seal, you may qualify. Don't miss this opportunity to win up to $1,500 in cash awards. Limited spots available. Apply before August 30th.
Start Your Solar Career at RPCC
Get ready for a bright career in solar technology with tuition assistance from the U.S. Department of Labor. Enroll in the River Parishes Community College Solar Program, with classes beginning August 22nd. This 12-week course will teach you solar panel installation and enhance your resume writing and interview skills. For details, email firstname.lastname@example.org, call 225-743-8663, or visit 925 W. Edenborne Parkway in Gonzales.
NASA’s BIG Idea Challenge
The Breakthrough, Innovative, and Game-changing (BIG) Idea Challenge is a collegiate-level design competition sponsored by NASA and managed by a partnership between the National Institute of Aerospace (NIA) and the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (JHU/APL). Participation is open to teams of undergraduate and graduate students at accredited U.S.-based colleges and universities officially affiliated with their state's Space Grant Consortium. Finalist teams receive a development stipend of up to $180,000 to facilitate participation in the competition.
QSM Free Virtual Grant Writing Workshop
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
The Quality Science and Math (QSM) Grant Program provides grant writing workshops for teachers who need funding for math, science, and STEM materials and equipment. Our virtual workshops will guide you through the grant writing process step-by-step and give you a detailed overview of each application section. These workshops are free and available to all Louisiana PK–12 public school teachers.
Advance Your Math Teaching Career at LSU
Unlock new teaching opportunities with LSU’s Dual Enrollment-aligned Graduate Certificate and Master’s Programs. Complete 18 graduate hours of content coursework to help meet SACSCOC’s dual enrollment instructor credentialing guidelines. Whether you have an existing MA, MEd, MAT — or plan to pursue one — LSU now offers a seamless pathway for you to expand your expertise and teaching prospects.
Nominate an Educator for the Nation’s Highest Honors for Teachers of STEM
Do you know an excellent K–6 STEM teacher deserving of recognition from the White House? Nominate them for the PAEMST award. This year’s awards will honor science, technology, engineering, or mathematics teachers working in grades K–6. Nominations close on January 8, 2024.
2023 LASTEM SUMMIT
October 17, 2023
Join us at the annual LASTEM Summit in Lafayette, Louisiana. Educators, industry professionals, and institutions will gather to harness the power of STEM education and its connection to the 21st century workforce. Experience inspiring speakers, engaging workshops, and cutting-edge demonstrations. Be energized, inspired, and ready to make a difference! Free to attend!
2023 LATM/LSTA CONFERENCE
November 2–3, 2023
Baton Rouge, LA
Join us at the 2023 collaborative symposium, “We’re Back for the Future,” hosted by the Louisiana Association of Teachers of Mathematics (LATM) and the Louisiana Science Teachers Association (LSTA). This premier event unites educators and administrators from pre-K through college levels. Attend, present, or exhibit at this must-attend gathering for math and science educators in Louisiana. Join 500 dedicated professionals advancing math and science education.
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