OpenSTEM Research is committed to expanding opportunities for all students to engage with STEM learning environments across the settings of their lives, including schools, libraries, the natural environment, and other community settings. The group conducts research on supporting STEM-linked identities in young people by studying the design of learning environments that connect everyday activities and cultural and linguistic community resources with technology-enhanced STEM learning. In collaboration with partner organizations, the group also designs curriculum resources and conducts professional development for STEM teachers and informal practitioners.
At OpenSTEM, we believe that STEM should be accessible, or open, to everyone.
To that end, we foster and seek out partnerships with community-based organizations, schools, and school districts who want to explore how STEM education be a strategy for increasing learning opportunities in their communities.