The University of Arizona is one of only eight institutions in the nation to be selected and funded under a major, nationwide initiative designed to greatly enhance science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education.
Under the initiative, the UA has established the UA AAU STEM Project, a comprehensive, interdisciplinary effort that significantly will expand STEM-related collaborative enterprises, curricula and funding opportunities.
The UA AAU STEM Project will be funded through 2016. Among other efforts, the project will result in:
• The redesign of three foundational STEM courses—general chemistry, introductory biology and introductory physics/mechanics—and two additional courses—elements of chemical engineering II and computer programming for engineering applications;
• The creation of instructional development teams, whose members will develop course materials and interactive web-based resources;
• New professional development opportunities for faculty;
• Evaluations of student learning and course effectiveness;
• Several existing UA facilities being modified to enhance teaching and learning environments.
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