STEM School Outreach

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The Georgia Southern University College of Education is pleased to offer i2STEMe School Outreach,
a science and social studies content and curriculum support program for K-12 classrooms. Through
the Institute for Interdisciplinary STEM Education (i2STEMe), materials and supplies are provided to
support active and engaged STEM and social studies classrooms throughout Southeast Georgia.

School Involvement

School participation is based on a membership structure that allows flexibility of involvement to
meet the needs of individual systems, schools, and teachers.  To apply,  please visit our Membership Page for specific information and access to the school outreach membership form (PDF).

Equipment, Materials and Social Studies Kits

i2STEMe School Outreach program offers a wide variety of consumable and non-consumable
materials for use in the classroom. To assure that all teachers and students have access to needed
materials, the program has a large inventory including multiples of our most popular items.
Equipment, materials and social studies kits are available for pick-up at Georgia Southern University’s
Statesboro or Armstrong Campus locations. All materials are available for a duration of two weeks.
Some materials may have a renewal or extension available. All equipment, teaching aids, kits, and
non-consumable materials including packaging are due back in the same condition as received on
the indicated due date. All items are to be returned to the Georgia Southern i2STEMe School Outreach
program prior to being checked out by the next member. Many of the materials available are items
that most schools can not afford individually. However, through i2STEMe School Outreach, schools,
teachers and students have the opportunity to experience a wide range of STEM and social studies
equipment and resources to which they otherwise would not have access. The equipment and
materials consist of items such as lasers, microscopes, beakers, test tubes, and safety goggles. The
social studies kits are complete lesson plans, materials, and supplies based on topics which align to
the Georgia Standards of Excellence.

i2STEMe Mission Statement

The mission of the College of Education’s i2STEMe is to provide professional development, engage
in community outreach, and seek external funding to promote STEM teaching and learning in both
formal and informal educational settings. The Institute is housed within the Department of Diversity,
Outreach, and Partnerships and is committed to making university resources available and accessible
to educators and students. Long-term goals of the Institute are to establish partnerships across
Georgia, the southeastern region of the United States, nationally, and even internationally to address
issues of STEM education in rural areas.

History

i2STEMe School Outreach originated as Georgia Southern University Museum’s Project SENSE (Science Education Network for the Southeast) and Project BESST (Be Engaged in Social Studies Teaching). Project SENSE was established in 1989 with grants from the Eisenhower Higher Education Act, Georgia Southern University, and private industries such as Georgia Power Company, Cooper-H.K. Porter Wiss, Claxton Poultry Inc., and Amco. Project BESST was initiated in 2004 with improving Teacher Quality grants thanks to a generous gift from the Greene Sawtell Foundation. These program combined, offered over 200 science kits to 27 public and private school systems. We hope to continue the success and growth of these programs.

 

STEM Nights

i2STEMe Institute is available upon request, if given a 30 day notice, for on-site hands-on STEM
education presentations at participating schools for STEM Nights and/or for student/parent nights or
events.

Last updated: 10/1/2018

Institute for Interdisciplinary STEM Education Georgia Southern University College of Education PO Box 8013 Statesboro, GA 30460 (912) 478-8650