Partnering with your community: DIY steps to construct a successful STEM curriculum center
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Less than 300 academic curriculum centers remain nationally. Of those remaining, many still struggle to remain relevant to their parent institutions and area communities. Teaching faculty from the Biology Department and Murphy Library at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse (UW-L), have collaborated since 2003 to revitalize the PK-12 Alice Hagar Curriculum Resource Center (AHCRC); specifically in the area of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Poster presenter will outline his methods, provide a short overview of this popular collection, elaborate on collection breadth/depth, and discuss useful strategies on using award winning materials in the same manner as done at Murphy Library’s annual “Teacher Resource Day.” Piloted in April 2007, Teacher Resource Day is an event held for area PK-12 teachers, reading specialists, special education teachers, library media center specialists, and local public librarians a chance both to peruse the latest quality, non-fiction STEM and Social Studies trade books, DVD’s, etc. and to explore UW-L's STEM website, which provides supporting materials.