ISAT provides a variety of learning opportunities and resources in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) for teachers and students in grades K-16.
Center for STEM Education and Outreach
The STEM Education and Outreach Center's mission is to foster high-quality science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education for all students in grades K-16. We work with students, teachers, parents, policymakers and the general public by supporting high quality curriculum and professional development and sharing the many resources of JMU faculty, staff, and students with schools across Virginia.
First Lego League
Spear-headed by the Computer Science Department, and supported by ISAT faculty, the Virginia First Lego League (headquartered at James Madison) now sponsors several regional competitions around the state as well as a state final competition in Harrisonburg. The competition involves thousands of students ages 9-14 in team- based challenges focused on robotics engineering and scientific research. It's a fun, educational, and challenging way for students to learn more about real-life technical challenges and to come up with their own creative solutions. The JMU College of Integrated Science and Technology hosts the Harrisonburg Regional Competition, as well as coaching workshops. For more information, contact Dr. Ralph Grove, Computer Science Department.
The Geospatial Semester is an innovative dual-enrollment project helping students earn JMU credit as they learn about geospatial technologies and do research projects in their high school classes. Focusing on locally-based research projects, students are able to develop problem-solving skills in the context of working with real data. Contact Dr. Bob Kolvoord for more information.
National Center for Rural STEM Outreach
National Center for Rural STEM Outreach Funded by the U.S. Department of Education, the National Center for Rural STEM Outreach focused on providing training in geospatial technologies to rural middle school teachers. Emphasizing geographic information systems (GIS) and global positioning systems, the Center provided professional development and curriculum materials. Contact Dr. Bob Kolvoord for more information. Click the link above to access curricular resources for this project.
The Professor-in-Residence Program
Professor in Residence Program (PIR) is a James Madison University (JMU) outreach endeavor to promote the educational attainment and college aspirations of Virginia high school students. Several ISAT professor participate in the program.
Science on a Sphere
Science on a Sphere is an exciting new tool that allows students and teachers to interact with scientific data on a "life-size" 3-D globe. Using state-of-the-art visualization technology, Science on a Sphere lets students experience the excitement of discovery as they explore real-world data. Please contact Christie-Joy Broderick Hartman for more information.