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Science Education Center receives award for community outreach programming

Science Education Center Director Dr. Catrena Lisse recently received the Society for Science & the Public Community Innovation Award for the Center’s STEMing into the Community initiative. The program began in summer 2015 to spark students’ curiosity in STEM-related fields and features hands-on experiments and take-home activities. 

“We’re bringing the fun to them,” said Lisse.  “What better way to introduce and continue to pique our next generation of science, technology, engineering and mathematics leaders than putting on interactive magic shows in their community?” 

Over spring break, Lisse and five undergraduate chemistry majors traveled towns throughout Florida and Georgia performing shows to communities. The award is given to organizations that help ensure that more underrepresented students, and their community, are exposed to creative problem-solving and hands-on learning, and are educated about future career opportunities available to them.

Created in 2001, the Science Education Center promotes access, interest and participation in science by people of all ages and backgrounds. The center collaborates with organizations at Georgia College and beyond the campus to offer courses, teacher professional development institutes, curriculum development, research experiences, scientific competitions, camps, and community events. Programs provide students, teachers, and the community opportunities to examine the role of science in life, in education and in the economy. 

The Society for Science & the Public is a champion for science, dedicated to expanding scientific literacy, effective STEM education and scientific research. It is a 501(c)(3) membership organization focused on promoting the understanding and appreciation of science and the vital role it plays in human advancement: to inform, educate, and inspire.

 

Aubrie Sofala
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