Programs, events and resources for K-12 formal and non-formal educators.

Regents Center for Early Developmental Education

Now that you are familiar with Dr. Beth VanMeeteren, whose story we featured on Wednesday, let’s take a look at early childhood resources at UNI. The Regents Center for Early developmental Education and CEE STEM are full of opportunities and resources for UNI students and Iowa educators. The Regents’ Center offers high quality professional development to childcare providers, child development center directors, preschool educators and directors, and K-3 teachers and administrators.

Beth VanMeeteren —Doing big things at UNI

The Regents’ Center for Early Developmental Education on UNI’s campus is packed with opportunities for students and Iowa teachers. Beth VanMeeteren, Director of the Center and the Center for Early Education in STEM (CEESTEM) spoke with me about her background, her path to UNI, the Early Childhood Centers, and the Ramps and Pathways program. This story will focus on Beth’s journey. Friday; a second story will focus on the programs Beth directs.

Carpe Diem—Seize the Moment

Emily Pei is not your average student. Before graduating from UNI Emily has already travelled to New York and Hong Kong, interning with big name brands like Cabela and Tommy Hilfiger. And that is just the icing on top of her loaded career cake. Emily is a Senior at UNI majoring in Textiles and Apparels (TAPP). TAPP is more than fashion design, it focuses on the knowledge about industry processes and products, which includes product development, testing, and merchandising.

Making a Difference with a STEM Career

Sarah Huebner is a senior at UNI. Her years at UNI have been filled with building lifelong memories and taking advantage of great opportunities. Sarah is a Biology, Ecology, and Evolution major. “I was working in research administration in Kansas City, managing grant projects for researchers. I was fascinated by the research projects and found myself continually drawn to the labs. I am especially interested in life in all its forms, so I decided to pursue a degree in Biology with the intent to do research of my own.

“Oooh and Aaahs” at the Planetarium Show

The planetarium shows hosted by Earth and Environmental Sciences are starting up again this year. Dr. Siobahn Morgan, Professor of Astronomy and Earth Science Department Head has been leading the shows since they began in the spring of 2012. The planetarium shows take place every Thursday evening until March 12 with two show times. The first show begins at 7:00 p.m. and the second show begins at 8:00 p.m. The shows are located in room 105 Latham Hall. These planetarium shows are FREE and open to the public and UNI students.  The planetarium seats 25.

Spotlight on STEM Day– Highlight of the Year

If this is the first time you are hearing about Spotlight Day, then you have been missing out! Spotlight Day is a 20+ year UNI tradition. Spotlight on STEM Day showcases award winning K-12 classroom projects from across the state of Iowa. The best part is, it is FREE and OPEN to UNI students, faculty, staff, and the public.  Spotlight Day will be February 26, 2015 at the Innovative Teaching Technology Center (ITTC) on campus.

UNI STEM Resources for Academic Success

Spring semester begins next week and along with getting to class in the snow, wind, and cold will come other challenges.  For some it will be an LAC math class that is a little more difficult than expected.  For others, a methods instructor will assign a field experience in an unexpected subject area or grade level.  And for a few, that senior level science course will have them questioning their major.  Whatever your academic STEM challenge is, UNI has people and resources available to help.  In this week’s UNI STEM Story we provide an overview of some of the STEM support services on campu


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