If you feel passionately about science and care deeply about working with students, our science education program is the perfect fit for you! We focus on hands-on experiences, and you’ll learn to teach by actually teaching! Through self-evaluation, understanding how students learn, and comprehensive curricular development, you’ll graduate ready to teach.
Research on broadening participation and promoting equity and social justice in STEM has long been Dr. Melody Russell’s primary area of research, as well as her passion. She along with a team of Auburn faculty was awarded an NSF grant to help further this research.
Studio STEM is a three-year afterschool and summer program in rural Appalachia funded by the National Science Foundation. The project uses a design-based science approach to help youth learn about engineering design and energy conservation. An interdisciplinary curriculum is infused with digital tools and social media to enhance and extend the experience. During the first 18 months of the project, Studio STEM has served over 100 students in grades 5–8 from rural Appalachia in low socio-economic communities. We also trained close to 30 middle school teachers and undergraduate students in how to implement the Studio STEM curriculum and use the online network.