Impacts of STEMS^2

Presented by:
Tara ONeill

This video shares an overview of the STEMS^2 (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, Social Sciences and Sense of Place) construct and connected Masters in Education program (CS MEd STEMS^2) and the impacts the master's program has had on alumni. The master's program is offered via the Department of Curriculum Studies, College of Education at the University of Hawai‘i - Mānoa. The construct was developed via work funded by an ESEA Title II award and an NSF Noyce Capacity Building award.  STEMS² is a place and culture-sustaining construct that is composed of three parts: theory, pedagogy and a growing network. STEMS² theory integrates four major bodies of literature: 1) STEM education, 2) cultural-sustaining and multicultural education, 3) sense of place and place-based education, and 4) indigenous education. STEMS² pedagogy is grounded in five pillars that result in our embracing of the ōlelo no‘eau [Hawaiian proverb]of Ma ka hana ‘ike – through doing one learns. The five pillars are A‘o [reciprocal teaching and learning], Makawalu [eight eyes] represents the ability to see real-world problems and solutions through multiple lenses, many angles and multiple ways of knowing at the same time, Mo‘olelo [stories, history], Sense of Place and Advocacy. Thank you for watching this video. We look forward to conversations following your viewing. 

NSF Awards: 1660781, 6101646

Presented in: 2022 (see original presentation & discussion)

Grade Level: All Age Groups

Related Leadership Program
Noyce Scholars
Grade Level
Middle School
High School
Higher Ed
Integrating STEM and CS
Broadening Participation
Published Date
May 2022
Published In
2022 STEM for All Video Showcase
Subject Area