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Multi STEM Resources for Educators

Multi STEM Approach

The Multi STEM approach to professional development was a product of design-based implementation research with funding from a National Science Foundation ITEST grant #1615193. The program name and approach is based on the convergence concept: multi-directional exchanges of knowledge by stakeholders; multi-disciplinary connected learning; multi-tiered learning at every opportunity; and multiplying its impact through ongoing network building by educators and professional developers.

All Multi STEM workshops include an emphasis on hands-on learner-centered activities, science-based cross-disciplinary learning, ample time for small group discussion and collaborative planning, and a focus on depth over breadth. The aim of Multi’s approach is promoting STEM equity pedagogies that cultivate teacher and student competence and confidence in doing authentic science. 

Rio Mora Student Panel - April 21, 2021 at 4:00 MT

A student panel reflections on undergraduate research as a field experience.  The discussion will include how these experiences impacted the students and their perception of research and STEM.

Registration and a link to the event will be available soon. 

Bug Safari Water Cooler - Featuring the Bug Chicks

Learn how to create a safe exploration in your neighborhood!

Arthropod Flow Chart - Bug Chicks

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Bug Safari Water Cooler

Presented - Thursday, June 4

Visual Storytelling & Design

Discover the power of collective storytelling and virtual reality!

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Visual Storytelling Water Cooler

Presented - Thursday, May 28

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

Padlets are curricular resources for STEM educators developed as a Multi STEM Professional Development tool that are publicly available, and co-produced with participants of the Multi STEM community.  To search for more interactive resources look for the key words "Multi STEM" on the padlet site at:

Padlet Earth as a System & Rock Cycle-Denver

Padlet Earth as a System-Denver

Padlet Earth as a System-SW Durango & Auraria

Padlet GLOBE Weather Stations

Padlet Mosquito Madness

Padlet Weather and Climate

The Multi STEM team implemented a series of Summer Institute professional development opportunities for educators. In these workshops the team worked with Participant Observers, and Teacher Leaders in the development of teachers’ social capital; the mutual exchange of knowledge; the production of meaning through collaborative inquiry; and techniques to modify programs based on professional learning outcomes. The bottom-up nature of Multi STEM Summer Institutes demonstrated the transformative potential for understanding and advancing inclusive STEM teaching and learning practices that improve teacher effectiveness and persistence. 

Here are Summer Institute resources, agendas, and other useful tools developed for educators. Also view the padlets and additional resources for educators on this website. 

Questions regarding the use or implementation of any of the resources, contact Dr. Janelle Johnson or Dr. Richard Wagner. 

2017 Multi STEM Summer Institute - Our Environment, Our Health


2017 Multi STEM Summer Institute Educators Agenda

2017 Multi STEM Summer Institute Facilitators Agenda

Handouts and Presentation Materials

2017 Handout Air Quality & Weather Data

2017 Handout Larvae Sampling Field Guide

2017 Handout Mosquito Larvae Protocol

2017 Handout Mosquito Life Cycle Activity

2017 Handout Wildfires & Air Pollution

2017 Presentation - Water Quality & Macroinvertebrates

Supply List

2017 Supply List for Air Particulates & Mosquito Lessons

2018 Multi STEM Summer Institute - Water in the Southwest


2018 Multi STEM Summer Institute Agenda

2018 Multi STEM Summer Institute Educator Agenda

2018 Multi STEM Participant Schedule

Handouts and Presentation Materials

2018 Padlet - Assessing Water Quality

2018 Padlet - Water Pollution and Remediation

2018 Padlet - Water Resource Use & Management

2018 Padlet - Water, Weather & Climate 

Supply List

2018 Supply List for Water in the Southwest

2018 Multi STEM Summer Institute Flyer

2019 Multi STEM Summer Institute - Water in the Southwest


2018 Multi STEM Summer Institute Educator Agenda

Handouts and Presentation Materials

2019 Handout Dissolved Oxygen

2019 Handout Dissolved Oxygen Card Sort

2019 Handout Dissolved Oxygen Card Sort Answers

2019 Handout Dissolved Oxygen Field Protocol

2019 Handout Dissolved Oxygen I

2019 Handout Observe the Stream

2019 Handout Socratic Lab

2019 Presentation - Dissolved Oxygen

2019 Presentation - Dissolved Oxygen & Water Quality

2019 Presentation - Socratic Lab

2019 Presentation - Viz for Multi

2019 Presentation - Viz Tutorial

Supply List

2019 Multi STEM Summer Institute Padlet

2019 Resources Videos & News Articles


The Multi STEM leadership team developed these additional resources and useful tools for educators and workshop facilitaters. Questions regarding the use or implementation of any of the resources, contact Dr. Janelle Johnson or Dr. Richard Wagner. 

Focal Students

Focal Student Reflection Tool

Participant Observers

MULTI STEM Participant Observers

NSF Disclaimer for MULTI

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