Urban STEM Center at The University of Akron College of Education


About Us

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

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U-STEM Center
(330) 972-5055

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Leaders in STEM education: New center at UA supports area urban educators

U-STEM lego robotsSTEM 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.

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Related:  Three from UA recognized for strides in STEM fields

In the News

» UA opens Urban STEM Education Center

» U Akron Teacher College Opens STEM Education Center

» UA’s new center aims to expand access to STEM education in urban districts

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STEM_opening_thumbprint Video: Opening Ceremony


Summer Programs

Looking for summer opportunities? Follow the link below to see what the Urban STEM Center will be up to during this summer 2019.


Upcoming Events

Code Hopper Challenge

May 4, 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
A mini-hackathon for girls Grades 6-12, held at the Akron Art Museum
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Rubber City Math Teacher Circle's Immersion Workshop

June 4 & 5, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
June 6, 11:30 am - 3:00 pm
Two-and-a-half-day Math teacher workshop at the Bath Nature Preserve
Learn more  |  Registration will open soon

Teachers Exploring Code (TEC)

June 24-27, 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
This workshop is designed for teachers of grades 2 through 9 who
would like to explore coding and take Hour of Code to the next level
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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
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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