The Goals of Science-U
Science-U seeks multiple outcomes with various target domains/audiences. See them below:
- To create exciting and engaging science experiences for all participants (to promote the pursuit of personal interests in the STEM fields)
- To boost matriculation and retention in the STEM disciplines, at K-12 and post-secondary levels.
- To increase science content knowledge (STEM content learning).
- To improve scientific thinking including creativity, critical thinking, problem solving, and leadership (i.e., communication, teamwork, collaboration, and advocacy)
- To increase participation from faculty and students (especially first and second year students) in meaningful science engagement experiences.
- To promote science teaching strategies (both informal and formal)
- To extend the research and intellectual foundations of Penn State to the community by acquiring funding (e.g., NSF proposals and other grant efforts) that assist in program creation and implementation.
- To improve collaborations and connections between K-12 educators and research faculty.