WHO WE ARE
The purpose of this NSF Project is to bring STEM+C concepts and applications to rural Wisconsin communities. The goal of this NSF Project is to create a sustainable Maker+Mentor cultural environment within these communities. The scope of this NSF Project is to support a sustainable a STEM+C Maker environment by providing resources and personnel to assist in its perpetuation.
The STEM+C program seeks to significantly enhance the learning and teaching of science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and computational thinking for K-12 students.
Northcentral Technical College (NTC), in collaboration with the University of Wisconsin–Madison (UW–Madison), developed an Educational Innovation project to design and study three major enhancements to STEM +C teaching and learning:
1. To take learning out of the classroom and bring it to northcentral Wisconsin rural communities through a non-traditional learning environment—a mobile Makerspace.
2. To develop a multi-age (near-peer and adult) mentoring approach that enhances the relationship and influences learner interest and engagement.
3. To design a new informal curriculum for grade level 6–12 that integrates technical competencies of
electromechanical engineering into a framework based on the STEM+C process/model.
WHAT WE DO
Exploring Making through Mobile Emerging Technologies.
To engage rural communities of northcentral Wisconsin in STEM+C learning, we will utilize NTC’s existing mobile maker space to deliver a range of learning experiences and technological innovations to rural communities that typically do not have access to these resources. EMMET will travel to local community-based organizations and events (e.g., public libraries, county fairs, and youth clubs) and offer informal activities ranging from short demonstrations to daylong Making events.
EMMET encourages a distributed instructional model of teaching which is appropriate for the Making + Mentoring project. This project is far-reaching in scope and will rely on those individuals who decide to become Maker+Mentors. If you feel that you would like to participate in this project please complete the interest form and send return them to your teacher/director/advisor.
If you are inventive, inquisitive or just like to create things this is a great learning opportunity as well as a chance to share your knowledge and experience with others from your communities.