STEM Studio

Using the STEM Studio to Design STEM-related Learning Experiences and Artifacts:  A Transdisciplinary Collaboration

The STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Studio is a STEM education design shop made up of a cross-disciplinary group of faculty, postdoctoral scholars, and graduate students. Leah Bricker is an Assistant Professor in the School of Education, who specializes in science education. Sylvie Kademian, Sania Zaidi, and Benjamin Tupper are science education Ph.D. students in the School of Education. Elyse Aurbach, Katherine Prater, and Katherine Crocker are Ph.D. students in neuroscience, and ecology and evolutionary biology respectively. Jeff Stern is a Ph.D. student in the School of Information. Rachel Barnard is a post-doctoral scholar in chemistry, as is Heidi Hendrickson. Michelle Reicher Newstadt earned her Ph.D. in science education in 2014 and is now an affiliate member of the STEM Studio.

Although members of the STEM Studio are affiliated with different disciplines, departments, and schools within the university (and beyond), we share a commitment to learning and teaching through the design of STEM-related learning experiences and artifacts for learners of all ages and across a myriad of settings (e.g., classrooms, museums, outreach programs).

STEM Studio activities include:

  • Investigations of other models of studio learning from various fields (e.g., art, architecture, design, theater) in order to utilize what we learn as design specifications for our STEM Studio.
  • Design and test elements of the Studio itself through a series of workshops related to design thinking, and studio-based learning and teaching within the context of STEM.
  • Studio-based workshops to provide feedback for Studio members and others in the U-M community seeking feedback on STEM-related designs of learning environments and artifacts.

For more information, please contact Leah Bricker; lbricker@umich.edu.

Project Team: 

Leah A. Bricker, Assistant Professor, School of Education
PhD Students in the School of Education:  Sylvie M. Kademian, Michelle A. Reicher Newstadt,  Sania Z. Zaidi,
PhD Students in the College of Literature, Science and the Arts:  Rachel A. Barnard, Katherine C. Crocker, Heidi Phillips, Katherine E. Prater