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ISAT provides a variety of learning opportunities and resources in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) for teachers and students in grades K-16.

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.

Geospatial Semester

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.

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.

Small Wind Training and Testing Facility

The Small Wind Training and Testing Facility (SWTTF) has been up and running since June of 2012. Thanks to the Center for Wind Energy at James Madison University, hundreds of college and K-12 students have toured the facility and learned about integrating wind and solar energy into their everyday lives.

The facility offers the capacity for characterizing and field-testing new, small-wind and solar technologies, thus providing students the skills and hands-on experience they will need to join these industries. The Center for Wind Energy offers summer

internships to students interested in renewable energy, and has provided advisement and guidance for capstone projects within the College of Integrated Science and Technology.

Center for Wind Energy at JMU

The Center for Wind Energy (CWE) at James Madison University (JMU) focuses on research, education, and outreach to advance wind energy deployment by providing wind-related services to local governments, state agencies, landowners, non-governmental organizations, businesses, and academic and educational communities. These services include wind resource assessments, economic modeling, education & outreach, energy policy analysis, assessment of technical specifications, and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) analysis, all to support the strategic deployment of wind power throughout the Commonwealth.

With the assistance of undergraduate and graduate students, CWE focuses on research projects with national, regional, and local implications.

To learn about internships at CWE or capstone projects contact Dr. Jonathan Miles at 540-568-3044, or

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