Published: May 3, 2012

Conference brings together researchers in math, science education

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EAST LANSING, Mich. — More than 100 faculty and graduate students at Michigan State University are expected to come together May 8-9 for a discussion about improving mathematics and science education.

The CREATE for STEM Institute is holding the conference on campus in an effort to connect and build stronger collaborations among the many MSU researchers working on projects related to teaching and learning in the STEM fields (science, technology, engineering and math), at the K-12 and college levels.

The event begins with an evening reception at the Spartan Club in Spartan Stadium featuring a panel discussion and remarks from James Kirkpatrick, dean of the College of Natural Science, and Donald Heller, dean of the College of Education.

CREATE for STEM, a new research center focused on growing the university's impact in STEM education, is a joint venture of the two colleges with funding from the Office of the Provost.

The second day of the CREATEing the Future of STEM Education conference, held in the Breslin Center's lower level, will include several poster sessions intended to help scholars explore opportunities to work together, followed by a final general discussion about what's happening with math and science education at MSU -- and what can happen in the future.

“My hope is the conference will help faculty learn about the exciting and diverse work that faculty at MSU are doing to improve the teaching and learning of mathematics and science K-16 through innovation and research," said Joseph Krajcik, director of the institute and a professor in the College of Education. "I also hope that faculty will build new collaborations to support their work.”

Visit to register online and get more information, including the conference schedule.

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