Center For STEM Education

We're surrounded by science and technology yet many ask why bother with math and science? The answer is simple: math and science are primary sources of lifelong learning and the progress of our civilization. Right now, our 12th graders are dead last in science against international competition, and we’re significantly behind in math and technology also.

The Center for STEM Education has been established to be the primary resource for enhancing preparation of STEM educators, administrators and professionals and be a leader in advancing the scholarship of STEM education. The Center will provide strong, visionary leadership in advancing STEM education and literacy through research and collaborative initiatives. Through training and programs, the Center will improve STEM literacy among all citizens, enhancing our society in a way we can remain competitive and maintain innovation in the global economy.

Media Gallery

Dr. Harold Brooks' STEM Lecture

Video: 53:14

Monica McGill STEM Lecture

Video: 50:00

Teacher Stories

Video: 7:10

Central Illinois Educator's Network
Information for the National Science Foundation
Suggested reading
Before It’s Too Late: A Report to the Nation from the National Commission on Mathematics and Science Teaching for the 21st Century
Rising Above the Gathering Storm: Energizing and Employing America for a Brighter Economic Future
Accelerating Progress Towards a Brighter Economic Future: Summary of a Convocation 2009
Center reports, publications, and presentations
IMSP El Ed report 2010
Cemter fpr STEM Ed Ext Adv Board presentation 2011

Summer Programs


Suggested reading


Center reports, publications, and presentations

A week long immersive course promoting the STEM fields. Click here to see all of the activities the students participated in!