The mission of the Urban STEM Center (U-STEM) is to advance STEM education and research in urban schools and communities. Through partnering with the local community, we aim to develop, implement, promote, and evaluate STEM education initiatives.
The U-STEM Center will serve as an umbrella organization for many activities with the LeBron James Family Foundation College of Education and in collaboration with STEM-related activities on campus and in the community.
Mrs. Karen Plaster
Dr. Nidaa Makki
Meet the Faculty
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Girls Who Code Recognized with Dorothy O. Jackson Award
The University of Akron's Girls Who Code was recognized with the Dorothy O. Jackson Award at the 2019 Women of Achievement Awards Luncheon hosted by the Women's Network. Congratulations!
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Leaders in STEM education: New center at UA supports area urban educators
STEM education is becoming increasingly necessary for students as our world relies on the latest technology to function and the demand to fill STEM jobs increases. The workforce in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields already grew from 8.6 million positions in 2015 to 8.8 million in 2016. And it’s projected that the number will grow 13 percent (compared to 9 percent for non-STEM jobs) between 2017 and 2027.
To support that growth, our LeBron James Family Foundation College of Education is positioning itself as a key partner of organizations and schools in the region for STEM collaboration by establishing an Urban STEM Education Center.
In the News
Looking for summer opportunities? Follow the link below to see what the Urban STEM Center will be up to during this summer 2019.
In partnership with the Barker Center for Economic Education
Think Tank to Shark Tank: Engineering to Entrepreneur Summer Camp
July 8-12, 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
For students Grades 6-9, held at The University of Akron
Summer Institute for Teachers Entrepreneurship & STEM Education
July 22-26, 9:00 am - 2:30 pm
Teacher Institute at The University of Akron
Learn more and register online
|Video: ZIP to STEM|
|Open House Photo Gallery|
|Video: Opening Ceremony|
Ohio K-12 Computer Science Standards
Urban STEM Center's Mrs. Karen Plaster and Dr. Lynne Pachnowski served on the writing committee for the Ohio K-12 Computer Science Standards.