STEM Outreach & Engagement

Appalachian State University engages with educational and community partners in STEM education in a variety of ways.  From on-campus locations like the McKinney Geology Teaching Museum or the Dark Sky Observatory, there are many opportunities to engage with science during a visit to Appalachian State.  For K-12 classrooms or community partners, there are a variety of ways to connect with faculty members for presentations, activities, or collaborations in your location.  We also offer research experiences and collaborations with a variety of partners.  Check out the following links to resources - 

The Smoky Mountain STEM Collaborative - Funded by a $1.4 million grant from NASA to Southwestern Community College, Appalachian partners in the Smoky Mountain STEM Collaborative to offer summer research experiences, graduate astronomy courses, and outreach to public school partners.  

Teacher Resources  - Interested in what Appalachian has to offer teachers?  

Scholarships and Funding Opportunities - Connect to a variety of scholarship or funding opportunities. 

Outreach Faculty -  Need a guest speaker for a STEM event? A number of Appalachian faculty would be happy to connect.  You may need to contact faculty via the Mathematics Science Education Center or through their department, but this link will provide you with a quick who-does-what guide.  

Recent STEM projects include the COSMIC project, a computer science oriented project for middle grades students in Caldwell County Schools.  In COSMIC, faculty from computer science and mathematics sought to engage students from diverse backgrounds to consider problem solving using computer science and computational thinking.  Students participated in after school clubs with their teachers and graduate students and a lucky 20 students came to the Appalachian campus for a three day residential summer camp.  The COSMIC project was funded by the Tides Foundation, affiliated with Google. 

 2015 Summer Camp Participants and Mentors 



From 2011-2015 faculty from the Department of Mathematical Sciences and the RCOE Department of Curriculum and Instruction collaborated for a large professional development project that would be called the Appalachian Mathematics Partnership, or AMP.  In AMP, mathematics teachers in grades 7-12 explored mathematics content, prepared vertically aligned mathematics activities, and collaborated in curriculum development and planning.  By the end of the project, 14 school districts and three non-public schools had participated, thanks to funding from the NC Department of Public Instruction via the Mathematics Science Partnership program.  This project has yielded several articles, book chapters, and proposals and one spin-off project that developed a Mathematical Modeling framework. 

Pariticipants in AMP completed a bungee egg drop in 2012.  These are the faces of some of the unwitting eggs.