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RiSE Center empowers teachers, transforms student STEM learning in Maine

Susan McKay, a University of Maine physicist and founding director of the Maine Center for Research in STEM Education, or the RiSE Center, leads a team of more than 50 faculty, staff and graduate students that strives to provide students with a robust background in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) so they’ll have multiple career options. The Maine STEM Partnership -- a statewide education improvement community that engages more than 1,000 preK-12 and university educators -- is one way the RiSE Center pursues its mission. The partnership that encompasses nearly 150 school districts and college campuses uses research-based strategies to improve STEM teaching and learning. Shown here: Science teacher Jim Fratini presents a student's model of a cell.

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