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About Us

The mission of the Urban STEM Center (U-STEM) is to advance STEM education and research in urban schools and communities.  Through partnering with the local community, we aim to develop, implement, promote, and evaluate STEM education initiatives.

The U-STEM Center, located in Zook Hall 430, serves as an umbrella organization for many activities with the LeBron James Family Foundation College of Education and in collaboration with STEM-related activities on campus and in the community.

Co-directors

Mrs. Karen Plaster
Dr. Nidaa Makki
(330) 972-5055

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Meet the Faculty

Learn more about the faculty behind the Urban STEM Center!

Faculty Bio Page


STEM Opportunities

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Jr. FLL Expo 2020 crowns champions

The Junior FIRST LEGO League Expo was held on January 25 at The University of Akron.  First and second place overall champions were crowned, and two teams won awards for Robot Performance.  Additional awards were presented, and twelve teams will participate in the upcoming State FLL event.  Congratulations to all!

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Women from 6 different countries visit faculty from Urban STEM Center

Recently, six notable women from Costa Rica, Greenland, India, Bahrain, Jordan, and Portugal met with Mrs. Karen Plaster, Dr. Nidaa Makki, and Dr. Lynne Pachnowski. The topic of discussion was engaging women in STEM, as part of a multi-regional project called "Advancing Women in STEAM Fields."

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Resources

thinktankbanner Video Gallery: Think Tank
ziptostem Video: ZIP to STEM
Holliday-Zippy thumbprint Open House Photo Gallery
STEM_opening_thumbprint Video: Opening Ceremony

Ohio K-12 Computer Science Standards

Urban STEM Center's Mrs. Karen Plaster and Dr. Lynne Pachnowski served on the writing committee for the Ohio K-12 Computer Science Standards.

If you have any questions about these standards, please reach out to them via email: kbp9@uakron.edu, lmp@uakron.edu


In the News

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» UA’s new center aims to expand access to STEM education in urban districts