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From the ROOTS — Recognizing Outdoor Opportunities to Teach STEM


Research Team


Principal Investigator: Kelley Buchheister

Funding Information

Funding Agency: National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Subcontract from: University of South Carolina

Award Date: Aug 1, 2019

End Date: Jun 30, 2022


This project is funded by a subcontract from the University of South Carolina.

From the ROOTS — Recognizing Outdoor Opportunities to Teach STEM — explores ways to help teachers, children and their families maximize use of outdoor spaces while emphasizing learning in science, technology, engineer and math (STEM).

Nebraska and South Carolina researchers are collaborating to focus on how teachers observe children in the outdoor spaces. They aim to use their observations to develop ways to generate high-quality STEM learning opportunities for young children both outdoors and in the classroom and at home.

By providing positive learning experiences in the STEM fields, researchers aim to use opportunities that promote the health sciences to encourage more youth in underserved or marginalized populations within the Deep South network to address health disparities and seek careers in STEM-related fields.

Rural Schools and Communities, Early Childhood Education and Development, Academic Intervention & Learning