In 2010, Valley City State University (VCSU) established the Great Plains STEM Education Center (GPSEC) to help create the path toward broadly implementing STEM Education in North Dakota. A goal for the Center is to demonstrate leadership in STEM education through professional development for K-12 teachers and administrators, promote high-impact and effective learning opportunities for students, and establish connections with business and industry who recognize as essential that high schools with a strong acumen for higher order problem-solving and communication skills unique to the 21st Century.
At the Great Plains STEM Education Center, our goal is to bring North Dakota to the forefront of STEM Education.
Our role is to provide leadership, professional development for teachers and administrators, documentation of STEM Education competence through endorsements that appear on licenses and certificates that appear on transcripts, promote student competitions and connect with the larger community. In other words, transform delivery of these critical subjects.
So what is STEM Education?
STEM is much more than the acronym implies.