Outreach and Science Education

Faculty research efforts provide undergraduate and graduate students with new opportunities to learn through engagement in research programs. Science enrichment programs are also provided for K-12 and community colleges through workshops for science teachers and summer activities for students. 

Please visit stem.appstate.edu for a comprehensive look at STEM education activities and rsources at Appalachian State.

GLOBE Partnership (Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment)

RIEEE became a GLOBE Partner in 2017.  GLOBE is an "international science and education program that provides students and the public worldwide with the opportunity to participate in data collection and the scientific process and to contribute meaningfully to our undrstanding of the Earth system and global environment (GLOBE.gov)." With funding from NASA, NSF, NOAA and the Department of State, GLOBE supports shared inquiry by a network of citizen and career scientists worldwide. 

The Mathemathics and Science Education Center

The Mathemathics and Science Education Center is one of eleven such Centers throughout the state. The primary goal is to Increase the quality and quantity of mathematics and science teachers in North Carolina Public Schools, strengthen instruction in mathematics and science in grades K-12. Center activities are based on the needs of classroom instructors and offers special workshops, summer institutes, graduate courses and other instructional programs aimed at helping update and recertify teachers.

McKinney Geology Teaching Museum

McKinney Geology Teaching Museum was established in 1998 and supplements the Department of Geology's teaching mission. The museum provides exhibits used in teaching college-level geology courses and conducts public outreach to help the general public better understand geologic processes and contemporary geologic events.

Appalachian and the Community Together (ACT)

Appalachian and the Community Together (ACT) is Appalachian's clearinghouse for community service, service-learning, and community-based research opportunities within the NC High Country area, as well as across the state, nation, and world. The program offers diverse opportunities for individuals and student groups to get involved in human services and environmental advocacy, as well as assist faculty members and community partners with integrating community service projects into their academic courses and local agencies.

Goodnight Family Sustainable Development Program

Goodnight Family Sustainable Development Program has initiated several sustained efforts that symbolize the Program's commitment to community sustainability including the Elk Knob State Park, Cove Creek School, and The Parkway School Research and Education Greenhouse.