The Beverly K. Fine School of the Sciences has made it a priority to support education at all levels in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). The programs listed below demonstrate our commitment to STEM outreach and showcase the goals of Stevenson University to not only encourage students to pursue careers in these challenging fields, but also to help transform K-12 education by training teachers in inquiry-based curricula.
We are proud to serve as the Maryland Affiliate University for the national Project Lead the Way Biomedical Sciences program. In partnership with the Maryland State Department of Education since 2007, Stevenson has offered high quality professional development in this innovative STEM curriculum for high school teachers across the country, including graduate credit options. We also work with PLTW teachers in Maryland to assess and certify high school programs and offer college credit to high school students who complete the PLTW Biomedical Sciences program.
Expanding Your Horizons is a program designed to encourage middle school girls to pursue STEM careers. The national network, founded in 1974, offers programs throughout the country to engage and educate girls about the wide variety of career options available in STEM fields. The day-long event is hosted annually on our Greenspring Campus, offering a variety of fun, hands-on workshops in numerous disciplines including biology, chemistry, medical sciences, architecture, and more.
The Stevenson University Summer Science Camp is for middle school students (rising sixth through eighth graders). This week-long program gives students an immersive academic experience working hands-on in laboratories to develop their understanding in a variety of STEM related fields. In recent years, students have covered the following topics: Biochemistry and food sciences, physics and astronomy, healthcare, environmental sciences, robotics, and forensic science.
Stevenson University has supported the Maryland Artificial Reef Initiative by building reef balls and conducting research on habitat restoration and biodiversity. Students, faculty and staff in the Beverly K. Fine School of the Sciences built over 286 reef balls from 2010-2015. In 2016, Stevenson partnered with the Coastal Conservation Association of Maryland to loan reef ball building materials to various external groups. Since then, Stevenson students and faculty have focused on conducting research that studies the impact of artificial reefs on the restoration of biodiversity in the Chesapeake Bay.
For additional information, please contact Meredith Durmowicz.