INdustry-driVen Integrated STEM and Systems Approach to Innovative IncubatiON (IN-VISION) Project (2020 – 2024)

IN-VISION is an education project with four objectives: (1) Develop a year-long teacher professional development program to increase rural high school STEM teachers' agricultural literacy and teaching capacity; (2) create a small learning community for rural high school teachers to co-develop iSTEM and AFNR educational materials that is solidly grounded in agro-ecosystem thinking; (3) provide scientists opportunities to collaborate with teachers to disseminate their research data and results through Extension/education events; and, (4) equip rural high school students with critical thinking and problem-solving skills that are essential to success in the 21st century workforce

Funding Source: National Institute of Food and Agriculture (Project No. IND00117973)

Land-grant Outreach for Community-based Agricultural Learning for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Education (LOCAL STEM) Project (2016 – 2020)

LOCAL STEM is an educational project designed to increase the integrated STEM teaching capacity of high school teachers and develop a sustainable land-grant educational partnership and pathway to enhance high school students' agricultural STEM literacy and career interests. The LOCAL STEM project has three objectives: (1) develop a yearlong TPD program to increase STEM teaching capacity; (2) provide integrated and immersive learning experiences at PPAC to increase STEM literacy and career interests; and (3) develop a localized land-grant model of TPD for integrated agricultural STEM education.

Funding Source: National Institute of Food and Agriculture (Project No. IND011778)