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The departments within the College of Integrated Science and Engineering have a long and distinguished record of providing a variety of learning opportunities and resources in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) for teachers, counselors, administrators, and students and educators in K-12 schools.  We are currently involved in a wide array of off-campus educational outreach efforts.  In addition to the programs discussed below, other highlights include: Hour of Code, First Lego League, Geospatial Semester, Wind for Schools and Kid Wind, Ninth Period, and Professors in Residence.

Off-Campus Learning Experience (Classroom Visit)

Our faculty and students engage in outreach by coming to classrooms to lead K-12 students in STEM activities and demonstrations. *These opportunities are determined by funding and availability of our faculty and students. 

On-Campus Learning Experience

Teachers are always looking for ways to capture their students' interest and to make the learning process fun and exciting. At the JMU College of Integrated Science and Engineering, we implement a fun, hands-on learning experience to teach students about science, technology, engineering and math. Contact Kathy Lubkowski for more information.

Sphere Theater

The Sphere Theater contains Science On a Sphere (SOS), which uses computers and projectors to display data onto a 68 inch diameter sphere.  It was developed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and is primarily utilized by museums and science centers for informal education.  There are 62 institutions in the United States (and 51 more institutions internationally) that use SOS. JMU was the first university to install SOS and is one of a few universities to use SOS as a pedagogical tool in university courses. The Sphere Theater is also frequently used for school visits, which are arranged through JMU’s Middle School Visit Program and the STEM Education & Outreach Center. JMU faculty and staff who would like to use the Sphere Theater should email stewardship@jmu.edu.

East Campus Hillside Naturalization Tour

Campuses can leverage their facilities and operations investments to directly support student education by expanding the vision of the role of the grounds. The East Campus Hillside project transformed a typically managed lawn area into a natural educational landscape that diversifies the campus aesthetic, approaches the landscape as an ecosystem, provides educational space outside, and demonstrates environmental stewardship. Partners: Scholar-in-Residence Michael Singer, and members of the College of Health and Behavioral Sciences, Department of Integrated Science and Technology, and Department of Biology.

Virginia GIS Site License

JMU’s Geographic Science program hosts the Virginia GIS Site License through a consortium of school districts, informal education venues and after-school organizations.  In partnership with esri, we are providing GIS software at a minimal cost to consortium participants.  All of the proceeds stay in Virginia and are used to offer professional development in the use of geospatial technologies for teachers across the Commonwealth.

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