Center for STEM Education (Peoria, IL)


  • Name:Dr. Sherri Morris
  • Title:Co-Director

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  • Organization Name:Center for STEM Education
  • Address:1501 West Bradley Avenue
    Olin Hall 3
    Peoria, IL 61625
    United States

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  • Main phone:309-677-3016

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  • Mission:
  • The Bradley University Center for STEM Education: Research, Teaching and Learning is dedicated to STEM literacy and improving STEM education and career opportunities for all citizens.
    The objectives of the Center for STEM Education are to:
    Design, seek resources for, and deliver programming to
    ~ enhance preparation of STEM educators and administrators;
    ~ address shortage of educators in STEM areas that threatens U.S. competitiveness;
    ~ increase recruitment, retention and preparation of students in STEM fields, especially in groups historically under-represented in STEM areas;
    ~ increase scientific literacy;
    Add to the knowledge base by disseminating research findings regarding effective and best practices for the education and professional development of STEM educators and practitioners.
    Foster collaboration among scholars in STEM education research.

  • Overview:
  • The Center for STEM Education was created to improve education, career opportunities and literacy in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math. It will enable Bradley to become a leader in the development of programs that challenge and advance the scholarship on the practice of learning and teaching in STEM fields and that provide education opportunities and training for the next generation of STEM educators, STEM professionals and STEM-literate citizens.
    The Center for STEM Education provides a wide-range of outreach programming for undergraduate students, K-12 students and K-12 educators. The evidence on deep learning suggests that hands on inquiry based activities lead to a deeper understanding and longer retention of basic science principles. For that reason, the majority of our programs provide hands-on activities and inquiry experiences and focus on training educators in these practices.
    Outreach programming specific to K-12 students includes,
    1. The Building Excellent Scientists for Tomorrow (BEST) Summer Research Internship Program is an opportunity that includes high school, undergraduate and master teacher students. This program provides enrollees with a 10 week mentoring opportunity to gain knowledge, skills, understanding and job training in a STEM research laboratory. Since its inception in 2005, we have provided research internships for 103 students.
    2. National Lab Day on Bradley Campus. About 130 local 4th-grade students come to campus for a day of hands-on, minds-on science activities, developed and led by Bradley faculty and students in STEM and education departments.
    3. K-12 public school field trips. One example is an event for Manual High School’s 9th grade Academy for a day of hands-on, inquiry-based science activities led by Bradley faculty and students in science and education departments. 45 high school freshmen and their teachers attended the event.
    4. The Center partners with other organizations, such as 4H Spin Clubs, to provide hands- on science activities to classroom students. For example the Center helped coordinate Bradley faculty and students partnering with the University of Illinois extension service to implement a SPIN club, the River Action League, for 6 weeks of hands-on science activities to 60 3rd-grade students at Whittier Primary School.
    Outreach programming for educators includes,
    1. Leading Math for All Learners is a program that focuses on middle and high school teachers. This program builds content knowledge of mathematical functions with an emphasis on deep content knowledge and the ability to utilize inquiry-based instructional techniques. It includes incorporating the use of technologies and is viewed through the lens of space and climate science.
    2. The Professional Master of Arts in STEM Education includes educators in 1) Elementary Math, Science, and Technology Education (K-8) and 2) Environmental Science Education (6-12). This program is a professional master’s degree for teachers who want to become teacher-leaders in science, technology and math education. The program offers teachers learning experiences that will allow them to enhance their competence as teachers of mathematics, science, and technology.
    Outreach programming for the community includes,
    1. The Center in partnership with the Tri County Regional Planning Commission created and implements a citizen science and outreach research program entitled River Action League. The River Action League seeks to engage citizens of all ages in the collection of data and water samples of areas along the Illinois River. The data is then entered and analyzed at Bradley University to be shared with resource agencies, regional planners and decision makers.

    2. STEM Educators and undergraduates from Bradley deliver STEM education at Peoria River Front Museum- River Science Lab using their Stream Table and other exhibits to guide learners. The partnership with the River Action League described above has provided a mechanism for increasing hands on exhibits in the River Science Lab space.

  • History:
  • The Center for STEM Education was established in 2010 to provide a more formal mechanism for cross disciplinary activities between the sciences, engineering and education. Even before the establishment of the center, Bradley had a rich history of interdisciplinary programming. The Science and Technology Education Program (STEP), a comprehensive effort to improve science education for P-12 educators in the greater Peoria region, was conceived in 1999 resulting in a long list of accomplishments including significant external funding. The momentum from that and earlier programs provided impetus for the development of a center charged with coordinating and supporting these interdisciplinary efforts.
    Early collaborators included faculty and staff from the natural sciences, mathematics, teacher education and local teachers. The list has grown to include faculty and staff from all of the sciences, engineering, business, communications, family and consumer sciences, educational leadership, the graduate school, enrollment management, financial aid, and student services. External collaborators now include all of the Peoria NEXT anchor organizations, Peoria Public Schools, Tri County Regional Planning Commission, and national agencies such as National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the International Society in Technology Education (ISTE).
    As part of its mission, the Center built on existing programs and developed new programs that provide Bradley’s students with varied opportunities to experience effective pedagogical approaches that enhance their STEM content and process learning, to engage in STEM research or STEM education research, and to participate in the development and implementation of STEM outreach programs. These gains extend not only to STEM and STEM education majors at the undergraduate and graduate levels, but to all students at the university through improved design and delivery of general education courses.
    While the impact of increased STEM learning is vital for all students, the Center has also had a significant role in increasing STEM preparedness of current and future teachers. The Center has worked to improve STEM classroom preparation for our education and secondary education majors. It has also worked diligently to develop and deliver professional masters programs in STEM education for teachers at all levels.
    The need to address concerns in STEM education is well documented. Before It's Too Late: A Report to the Nation from The National Commission on Mathematics and Science Teaching for the 21st Century, outlines goals for the educational community if achievement is to improve. In response to concerns and recommendations expressed in Rising Above the Gathering Storm: Energizing and Employing America for a Brighter Economic Future Congress approved the America Competes Act of 2007. This legislation provides substantial funding for STEM education projects through the National Science Foundation, the Energy Department's Office of Science, and the Commerce Department's National Institute of Standards and Technology. While many of our efforts have focused on funding through these sources many of our local programs are not funded through these programs and require additional support.
    The Center for STEM Education and Bradley University has a long history of success in research, publication and acquisition of funding to support the efforts of the faculty, staff and students. Listed below are the recent grants received and publications by the faculty and staff of the Center for STEM Education.
    Grants Received 2010-2013
    National Science Foundation, Research Assistantship Supplements for High School Students, “RAHSS Supplement to Soil Microbial Community Dynamics Associated with Garlic Mustard Invasions”. $8,548.
    National Science Foundation, Research Assistantship Supplements for High School Students, “RAHSS Supplement to REU Site: Undergraduate Research in Integrated Ecology: from Molecules to Ecosystems”. $7,188.
    American Water, Environmental Grant“ River Action League: Mobilizing Citizens for Watershed Health”. $5,500.
    American Water, Environmental Grant“ River Action League: Mobilizing Citizens for Watershed Health”. $5,500.
    Peoria Public School District 150, “Microscope Workshop for PSD 150”. $2,400.

  • Year established:2010
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:509(a)(1)
  • Tax ID:37-0661494

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IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:370661494
  • Organization Name:BRADLEY UNIVERSITY
  • Sort (Secondary) Name:
  • Care Of Name:
  • Organization Address:1501 W BRADLEY AVE
  • Organization City:PEORIA
  • Organization State:IL
  • Organization Zip:61625-0001
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):2
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Educational Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:August, 1951
  • Deductibility Code:1
  • Foundation Code:11
  • Foundation Code Desc.:School 170(b)(1)(A)(ii)
  • Activity Code(s):030
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):School, college, trade school, etc.
  • Organization Code:1 (Corporation)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:May, 2016
  • Filing Requirement Category:01 (990 (all other) or 990EZ return)
  • Accounting Period:May
  • NTEE Code:B430
  • Asset Amount:$0
  • Asset Code:9 ($50,000,000+)
  • Income Amount:$0
  • Income Code:9 ($50,000,000+)
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$0
  • Last Updated:3/23/2018 4:09:52 am

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