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Washington State University
College of Education

STEM Education Research

STEM. It’s even more than what you think.

Yeah, STEM is an acronym. It stands for Science Technology Engineering Math. But it’s more than that.


This is STEM and the “I” stands for “Indigenous.”
Project name:
Culturally-Responsive Indigenous Science: Connecting Land, Language, and Culture
PIs: Paula Groves PriceCo-PIs: Kimberly Christen, Zoe Strong
Grades: 4-9

30,000-foot overview: In collaboration with the Confederated Tribes of Warms Springs (OR), Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation (WA), and the Coeur d’Alene Tribe (ID), this seeks to 1) Increase Indigenous student engagement, particularly in STEM; 2) Develop a pipeline of Indigenous studnets in STEM and medical fields, and; 3) Contribute to Tribal missions to revitalize Indigenous languages.

Keepin’ it real: This uses a community-based approach to curriculum design. It weaves together western knowledge while honoring tribal culture, language, and sovereignty. The research teams provides really amazing events at Washington State University, and other locales, for Native American youth.