STEM Outreach

William & Mary hosts a wide variety of outreach programs to develop both interest and skills in STEM subjects. There are programs directed at K-12 students; others are for K-12 teachers. We offer still other programs geared toward the faculty of both community colleges and four-year institutions.

Federal agencies or private foundations support many of these programs. Others are grass-roots, powered by scientists and students at W&M who think that STEM is cool and want to show people why.

Kaitlyn Dorst
Early starters

Local students are cropping up in William & Mary labs, performing research even before they’ve finished high school.

Lynsey LeMay checks the program agenda between presentations

Dozens of geoscience instructors across the nation gathered at William & Mary this summer to discuss ways to enhance student success in earth-science programs at America’s two-year colleges.

Plugging the last leaks

A pipeline with a leak isn’t very efficient—much of whatever is supposed to be transported will be lost along the way. That’s exactly what’s happening to women as they pursue careers in science.

W&M School of Education
The Tidewater Team

The Tidewater Team is helping fourth- and fifth-grade students get their hands dirty—creating mini-ecosystems, fictional animals, volcanoes and ice cream makers.

Almost as good as an outcrop

Heather Macdonald has always been eager to get her new geosciences students out of the classroom and into the field—especially if there is a handy outcrop.

Hands-on activity is a hallmark of the STEM Education Alliance summer academies.
STEM Education Alliance

“Three, two, one …” A rocket made out of a two-liter bottle shoots into the blue sky, a line of white smoke trailing behind.

Lasers and candy and bosons, oh my!

Joshua Erlich was not teaching a cooking class when he talked about fat content, taste and mouth feel to an audience of several dozen members of the Williamsburg community one bright Saturday morning.

Noyce Scholar Robin Shaulis ’11  (front) demonstrates seine-hauling technique to students at a GEAR-UP academy at VIMS.
Noyce Scholars

America needs more good, seasoned K-12 STEM teachers—a set of professionals who not only understand science and math, but who also know how to make other people understand science and math.

VIMS grad student Samuel Lake shows off his game with Kristin Kelley
PERFECT combination

Theresa Davenport was having some trouble with a football player. Davenport was explaining to a biology class at Grafton High School about some of the problems that can stem from seawater that is low in oxygen.

student at the 2011 VISTA summer science camp
VISTA of the Commonwealth

Virginia’s beaches are in trouble. Swimmers are getting sick. The water looks ugly. The governor’s scientists have no idea what’s wrong. Then the governor hears about a two-week convention of young scientists—very young scientists—at William & Mary’s School of Education. He issues a desperate plea for help.

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