From courses in human biology to object-oriented Java programming to calculus, Bloomsburg University’s first-ever Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Magnet program recently capped its initial year without a hitch.
Roughly 40 students from Berwick, Bloomsburg and Central Columbia school districts got a taste of higher education while earning college credits by completing STEM courses on campus this past fall and spring semesters. The program will grow next year, adding students from Benton, Danville, Millville and Southern Columbia school districts, along with Columbia-Montour Area Vocational Technical School.
Recognizing the growing need for college graduates in science, health science, technology, engineering and mathematics, BU established a regional math and science education center last summer to address this need through a wide range of programming focused on:
- STEM pipeline development (K-12)
- professional development of teachers in collaboration with regional districts
- cutting-edge research in STEM education
- innovative college programs based on proven pedagogies that produce graduates prepared for success in the STEM fields