The College of Engineering at UC Davis is very active in advancing science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) literacy through a range of K-12 outreach programs. These programs engage with local schools, educators, after-school programs, students and their parents to enhance student understanding and appreciation of STEM subjects. This includes making STEM education accessible to underperforming and underrepresented groups.
The UC Davis K-14 Outreach Center for Computing and STEM Education (C-STEM) aims to improve computing, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (C-STEM) education in both formal and informal programs in K-14. The goal of the C-STEM Center is to broaden participation of students typically underrepresented in computing and to develop students’ computer-aided problem-solving skills to tackle real-world STEM problems. The C-STEM Center studies how to use computing technology to help students learn and increase student interest in STEM subjects. The C-STEM Center also studies how to streamline the curriculum on computing education in the context of STEM subjects in elementary, middle, and high schools, as well as the first two years of college. Through various outreach activities, the C-STEM Center seeks to inspire students to pursue computing and STEM related careers and post-secondary study.
The Renewable Energy Systems Opportunity for Unified Research Collaboration and Education (RESOURCE) program leverages our campus commitment to energy research and partnerships with local Math and Engineering Science Achievement (MESA) elementary and middle schools to develop and demonstrate a reproducible model for Graduate/K-12 research and teaching partnerships. The RESOURCE program provides one- or two-year fellowships to engineering graduate students working toward the development of sustainable, energy efficient renewable energy technologies including solar, wind, and biofuels. Graduate fellows partner with fifth or sixth grade school teachers to create innovative curriculum and educational tools that promote interest in renewable energy technologies and associated Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines. Fellows and teachers collaborate on comunicating STEM subjects to technical and non-technical audiences, leadership, team building, and teaching.