STEM Education for East Knoxville (SEEK) is an educational outreach program and research project that establishes sustainable, long-term partnerships between University of Tennessee (UT) instructors and students and East Knoxville educators, families, and children. The outcome of these partnerships are various informal STEM learning opportunities for children and families at schools and community centers in East Knoxville’s predominately Black and Latinx neighborhoods. All workshops are designed to respond to community-identified needs for STEM learning opportunities and are facilitated by qualified faculty, prospective teachers, and teachers.
SEEK targets elementary and middle school students (PreK-8) because interest in science and engineering develops early and participating in PreK-12 STEM education programs increases students’ interest in pursuing a career in STEM.
PI: Frances K. Harper
- Joshua M. Rosenberg
- Fair Garden Preschool
- Sam E. Hill Primary School
- Dr. E.V. Davidson Community Center
- East TN Stem Hub
- Sara Comperry
- Kay Howell
- Sierra Womble
- Nicholas Kim
- Zachary Stumbo
Project funded in part by these offices/programs at University of Tennessee:
Family STEM Nights
For lesson plans created by prospective teachers, visit Community STEAM
Harper, F. K., Stumbo, Z., & Kim, N. (2020). When robots invade the neighborhood: Learning to teach PK-5 mathematics leveraging both technology and community knowledge. Accepted for Proceedings for the 31st annual conference of the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education (pp. 360-367). Online.
Thanks to Dr. Oyita Udiani for joining our second event to explore graph theory.
Lesson plans available at Community STEAM