Crafting Engaging Science Environments curriculum adapted for rural South

farmland in the rural southern US

Congratulations to Dr. Barbara Schneider, John A. Hannah University Distinguished Chair and principal investigator at Michigan State University Dr. Joe Krajcik, University Distinguish Professor, Lappan-Phillips Professor of Science Education and Director, CREATE for STEM Institute at MSU, co-pi; Dr. Clausell Mathis, Assistant Professor of Physics at MSU's Lyman Briggs College, co-pi; Dr. Sheneka Williams, chair of MSU's Department of Education Administration, rural expert and co-pi; Dr. Samantha Strachan, Associate Professor/Program Coordinator of secondary education; pi at Alabama A&M University; and Dr. Lei Zhang, Professor of Physics and pi at Winston-Salem State University. 

In a partnership between these investigators and universities, a highly successful research project at Michigan State "Crafting Engaging Science Environments' (CESE) will be used as a starting point to create a new pathway for science learners in the U.S. rural South. CESE focused on chemistry and physics learning at the high school level. The adaptation brings in scholars at two Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) to research how the curriculum can be modified to help students living in poverty in the rural South begin to see themselves as scientists and develop an interest in STEM careers.

This project was awarded a multi-million dollar commitment through an Innovation and Research Grant from the U.S. Department of Education.


Learn more about the original CESE project

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