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MULTI STEM is a Community Based Approach to Engaging Students and Teachers in Effective STEM Education

MULTI STEM (NSF 1615193) has been advancing efforts of the Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST) program to better understand and promote practices that increase students' motivations and capacities to pursue careers in fields of science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) by implementing a strategy that purposefully combines educational methodologies based on the Global Learning and Observation to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) program. Students have opportunities to increase knowledge and skills. Pre-service and in-service teachers will participate in sessions that will help them attract and retain students in education pathways to STEM careers. The goal is to modify and refine a community-based model that will comprehensively address teacher preparedness and student participation in STEM fields.

STEM Resources

Learn about local STEM events in Metro Denver...

Discover STEM an online resource of STEM happenings for parents, educators and community members


MULTI Oct 2019 Newsletter

MULTI January 2020 Newsletter

MULTI May 2020 Newsletter


STEM Teacher Workshops and Events

Don’t forget to check back for upcoming dates, Water Cooler presentations, and other MULTI sponsored events - please share them…

STEM Water Cooler Series

Join us for online STEM events. Registration is required. 

Visual Storytelling & Design

Discover the power of collective storytelling and virtual reality!

Presentation: Thursday, May 28 at 3:00 4:00 MDT 


Nature, Exploration & Energy

Interactive presentation which will highlight compost and sustainability, including how to put a worm compost bin together! Presented by Consumption Literacy Project and Humans2Nature. Worm Bin Instructions: Building a Worm Bin by Community Learning

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Nature, Exploration & Energy

Presented - Wednesday, May 20 

Curls on the Block!

Presenter Analise Harris is the founder of Curls on the Block, a Denver-based enrichment program for girls of all curls and colors to embrace, explore and empower their natural selves while working to increase engagement, investment, and commitment to careers in science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM).

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Curls on the Block Water Cooler

Presented - Wednesday, May 6  

Start-up to Symposium

Presenter Kate Goss a teacher leader of the MULTI STEM grant and educator at St. Vrain Montessori School.

View the water cooler presented on November 2, 2019:  Start-up to Symposium

2020 MULTI STEM Summer Institute

July 13 to 18, 2020 - In-person Summer Institute. Cancellation due to national health restrictions and in accordance with state, local, and university health and safety recommendations.

STEM Teaching Tools Unconference - August 4 to 7

The MULTI STEM team has been asked to serve as host for the upcoming regional STEM Teaching Tools Unconference sponsored by the ACESSE Collaborative, Council of State Science Supervisors, University of Colorado, and the University of Washington. “An unconference is a participant-driven meeting. The term ‘unconference’ has been applied, or self-applied, to a wide range of gatherings that try to avoid hierarchical aspects of a conventional conference, such as sponsored presentations and top-down organization.” (Wikipedia) It is a meeting self-organized by participants into emergent workgroups around topics of interest. People vote with their participation. Attendees will come from states in the western region of the US to share innovative and equitable science pedagogy. MULTI STEM teachers will be asked to share some of the work they’ve been doing in their own classrooms.

STEM Teaching Tools:



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A Community-based Approach to Engaging Students and Teachers

This video documents three years of work on an ITEST grant that represents a collaboration between Metropolitan State University of Denver, Community College of Denver, GLOBE, and University of New Hampshire. Our work has focused on broadening access to STEM pathways for students and families who are underrepresented in STEM opportunities. The video shares an overview of our project components--workshops for preservice and inservice elementary and secondary teachers, near peer mentorship of K-12 students by college students, and STEM career expos.

Additional resources for educators.... Request an onsite STEM workshop, a STEM Speaker, or instructional development assistance

Contact us: 

The MULTI teaching staff and partners are available to assist in the development and instruction of the following STEM topics. For information or to set up a workshop at your location contact Janelle Johnson or Richard Wagner

Additionally, MULTI sponsored student researchers are available to present to your classroom on various topics. 

Possible Topics

  • Physics
    • Mass, volume, and density
    • Gravity
    • Energy
    • Waves
  • Biology
    • Cells
    • Genetics
    • Human biology and health
  • Chemistry
    • Atoms and elements
    • Chemical bonds
    • pH/acid-base reactions
  • Earth Science
    • Rocks and minerals
    • Weather and seasons
    • Soil and erosion
    • Climate change
    • Water
  • Engineering
    • Water treatment and filtration
    • Wetland construction
    • "Build a..." solar water heater, rocket, etc.
  • Ecology
    • Climate changes and ecosystems
    • Grassland and Bison ecology
    • Soil erosion
    • Geography and topography

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