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STEM Institute – KSU and Manhattan-Ogden USD #383 Partnership

The STEM Institute was At-home Online this year! – June 1-June 25, 2020

Manhattan-Ogden USD #383 and the College of Education partnered in 2011 to provide a STEM Summer Institute on the KSU campus. In June of 2011, the Institute gathered 169 6th–9th grade students, 20 USD #383 faculty and staff, 39 KSU pre-service students and staff to participate in STEM learning activities. Since 2011, STEM has experienced consistent growth in students, faculty, and partnerships. STEM 2014 opened enrollment to 5th grade students, which brought us to new levels of enrollment and enthusiasm. STEM 2015 showed a record enrollment of 349 5th–9th grade students.

Students participating in STEM enjoy a variety of field trips and experiences both on and off campus. Campus, community departments and agencies provide authentic learning experiences. For example, Riley County Police Department detectives create a crime scene each week for students to “process” as they learn about science, technology and skills involved in Crime Scene Investigations. Kansas STARBASE offer students a variety of topics with continued focus on robotics. STEM Summer Institute includes a field trip to Ft. Riley, featuring how Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math connect to the military.

We hope you'll explore this site to learn more about the program and the partnership that has helped make it all happen. We also encourage you to contact us to see how you can become involved.

Are you interested in helping provide this program to K-State preservice teachers and middle-school students for years to come? Contact Us! – Dr. Lori Goodson, KSU STEM Institute Coordinator – lagoodson@k-state.edu

Become part of the USD #383/KSU STEM Summer Institute Partnership!

Through promotion on our annual t-shirts and by Board of Education recognition, we will share our appreciation in this partnership as we welcome you aboard. Here are just a few ways you can help out:

  • Sponsor a Child
  • Sponsor a Class (determined by you and teacher)
  • Donate Volunteer Time to a STEM Summer Institute Class
  • Donate Resources to a STEM Summer Institute Class
  • Sponsor a Bus for STEM Summer Institute Transportation

Please contact USD #383 Teaching and Learning at 785-587-2000 ext. 1850 for more information to partner!

2019 STEM Report (PDF)

The STEM Team

Dr. Lori Goodson, Assistant Professor and KSU STEM Coordinator, College of Education, Kansas State University – lagoodson@k-state.edu
Dr. Paula Hough, Executive Director of Teaching and Learning, USD #383 Manhattan/Ogden
Duke Harmon, Technology Coordinator, USD #383 Manhattan/Ogden
Kaylee Myers, Instructor, College of Education, Kansas State University