STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) Outreach

Purpose:

  • Review and make recommendations concerning an integrated and collaborative model to coordinate all STEM Outreach programs at the U of L.
  • Increase visibility for all STEM Outreach activities at the U of L.
  • Review and make recommendations concerning financial support for STEM Outreach at U of L.

Outcomes of Success:

  • Increased alignment of STEM Outreach programs with the University's strategic and comprehensive plans.
  • Increased efficiencies and effectiveness of STEM Outreach programming.
  • Increased recruitment and retention through better alignment of recruiting STEM Outreach participants.
  • Increased ability to promote one central STEM outreach entity with multiple activities.

Team Leaders:

  • Heather Mirau and Ute Wieden-Kothe

Progress:

  • Identification of the fragmented STEM Outreach programs operated by the University. October, 2013
  • Meetings held with various stakeholders. November, 2013
  • Proposal submitted for a new integrated, coordinated, collaborative and sustainable STEM Outreach model to showcase the U of L as a centre of excellence and leadership focusing on recruitment and retention aligning to the principles of a destination university, with specific recommendations for the new destination building.  December, 2013
  • Programs included in New Model:  Destination Exploration, IGEM, Let's Talk Science, The Chem Guys, Aboriginal Outreach, FNTP, LUMACS, Problem Solving, Fun with Math.
  • Approval received December, 2013.
  • Operationalized under Faculty of Arts & Science.  December, 2013
  • Renamed the ASPIRE group (Arts & Science Programs: Inspiration, Research, Exploration) February, 2014.
  • Planning started for delivery of outreach programming with ASPIRE and Faculty of Management at CCH West (Holy Spirit) for September, 2014.
  • Outreach program delivery at CCH West began September, 2014.
  • The Fall Outreach program was so successful that an enhanced program delivery was initiated March, 2015.