July 17, 2013
By Julie Montanaro
FAMU is hoping to attract more students to study science and technology.
The university received a $1.6 million grant to transform the way sciences are taught at the new College of Science and Technology.
The dean says the traditional lecture style classes will soon be replaced by hands on group learning projects, faculty will get additional training and nationally known scientists will be brought in as speakers.
"Science disciplines are such a high priority in the state and nationally. We need more students, better prepared students and so what this grant is going to do is help FAMU become one of those engines that produce those students," Dean Maurice Edington said.
The National Science Foundation grant spans four years starting August first.
Press Release: FAMU
TALLAHASSEE, Fla.— The National Science Foundation awarded a four-year grant for $1,630,597 to Florida A&M University (FAMU) for support of the College of Science and Technology project, "Implementation Project: Student-Centered Active Learning and Assessment Reform (SCALAR).”
Under the direction of College of Science and Technology Dean Maurice Edington, and faculty members Desmond Stephens, Lewis E. Johnson, Charles A. Weatherford and Virginia A. Gottschalk, the project is intended to completely revamp and enhance the instructional approaches and undergraduate course curricula in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) programs of the newly formed College of Science and Technology.
The successful implementation of the project will transform how students are introduced to, and engage with, science at FAMU, and it will ultimately play a major role in positioning FAMU as a national model in STEM education.
“I am extremely pleased and excited to have been awarded this grant, particularly given that it coincides with the start of my tenure as dean of the college,” said Edington principal investigator on the project. “I, along with Drs. Weatherford and Johnson, have assembled a team of talented faculty from the various STEM departments to implement the project.
This is an ambitious effort on our part to transform how science is taught and I am quite confident that the results of the project will form the cornerstone of future efforts to procure additional funding to support initiatives in the College of Science and Technology.”