Thomas More College STEM Initiatives
Thomas More College has recently been awarded a three-year, $360,000 grant from the Toyota USA Foundation to improve STEM Education at the high school level by:
- offering high-quality experiences for both teachers and students,
- integrating more technology into their classrooms, and
- engaging more high school students with the STEM & Education majors in college.
We would like to invite your District/school and a team of up to three teachers who teach in the STEM disciplines to participate. If accepted, your students, teachers, and school will benefit from the following:
- A STEM Academy for teachers: a professional development workshop, including a $500-$1000 stipend
- Graduate credit hours, if desired
- IT equipment and supplies for science and technology instruction for the teachers' classroom
- Free field trips to the Biology Field Station, College Observatory, and science labs on the main campus including funds for transportation and substitute teachers
- A STEM Institute for students: a weeklong camp offered during the summer at Thomas More
- Classroom visits by college faculty throughout the year
- Classroom activities, including supplies, lesson plans, and assessment tools, that meet state standards
- Access to research facilities and co-curricular opportunities for both students and teachers
- Ongoing communication using digital, interactive technologies and ongoing support via synchronous (e.g. web chat) and asynchronous (e.g. email) web-based resources for teachers to have access with Thomas More faculty and colleague groups throughout the Northern Kentucky region
- Long term tracking of the success of students
For additional information, contact The Biology Field Station.
Thomas More College is proud to partner with Toyota USA on several programs to enhance education in the STEM disciplines, including participation in both PIMSER and TSI. It is important to note, however, that the TSI program discussed below is separate from University of Kentucky PIMSER Grant. Please contact us if you would like us to clarify differences between the two STEM initiatives.