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R.E.A.L. STEM Website

College of Education REAL STEM students posing for a photo.

Pictured (Left to Right): Dr. Shannon Kobs Nawotniak, Kathleen Van Wesenbeeck, Meagan Jewkes, Exko Ramey, Dr. Cory A. Bennett. Not pictured: Madison Smith

About R.E.A.L. STEM

Upper elementary-aged students nationwide are invited to explore and use the R.E.A.L. STEM (Remote and Equitable Access to Learning STEM) thanks to a collaboration between College of Education honors students, a geology honors student, and their professors.

Dr. Cory A. Bennett, Professor in Idaho State University’s College of Education Teaching and Educational Studies Department, and Dr. Shannon Kobs Nawotniak, Associate Professor in the Department of Geosciences and Director of the University Honors Program, joined forces to create R.E.A.L. STEM with the goal of delivering authentic STEM experience for upper elementary students. The project proposal was funded by INL in partnership with the Idaho STEM Action Center, with additional support for student internships from the Idaho Space Grant Consortium.

College of Education honors students Madison Smith and Meagan Jewkes and General Studies honor student Exko Ramey diligently worked over the summer and fall semester to create an informal educational experience geared towards upper elementary grade students nationwide. In addition to setting up the website experience, Kathleen Van Wesenbeeck, an honors student in Geology and Physics with a minor in Applied Mathematics, created videos for the STEM related activities. 

The R.E.A.L STEM website is free and accessible to students nationwide and teachers are also invited to participate. On the website, there is a specific link to a “Teacher’s Guide."