About STEM House
A Community for the Scientifically Minded.
The STEM House is a community of students who are interested in engaging in conversations and activities about Science, Technology, Engineering, and/or Mathematics. This includes both those who intend to or are majoring in a STEM-related field as well as those who just love the sciences and want to remain immersed in a culture of like-interested students. The STEM House fosters an environment of curiosity and innovation.
Great For Students Who ...
- enjoy studying and/or talking about Science, Technology, Engineering, and/or Mathematics
- are considering a majoring and/or a career in STEM-related fields
- are willing to commit time to participating in community STEM-related activities
Program + Learning Outcomes
By participating in The STEM House, students will:
- engage in out-of-the-classroom STEM-related activities that support their own curiosity and learning
- be able to identify career opportunities in STEM-related fields and industries
- form relationships with peers and faculty that support their learning and curiosity in STEM-related classes through increased access out of the classroom
- be able to describe relationships between scientific inquiry and care for ourselves, our communities, and our world
YES (for new First-Year Students)
All first-year students have the option to enroll (on a first-come, first-served basis) in a linked First Year Experience Program (FYEP) course on the topic of science, math, engineering, and/or technology. Examples of linked courses from fall 2021 include:
- Neanderthals | Bradford Andrews | FYEP 101 Section 19
First-year STEM House students will also co-enroll in an introductory course to one of the science disciplines (e.g., BIOL 225, CHEM 115, etc.).
Below are examples of programs and initiatives planned for the STEM House: If you have an idea for a program you would like to see, contact your Resident Assistant or Community Advocate about planning it!
- Field trips with faculty to explore career opportunities like:
- Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle
- Field trips with faculty to explore local STEM-related experiences like:
- A tour of the PLU Observatory
- Trips to the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium
- On-campus social programs:
- Bridge & tower building competitions
- Rubix Cube tournaments
- Build-your-own mini golf course
- Egg Drop competitions
- Movie viewing & discussions (Hidden Figures, The Imitation Game, etc.)
- Academic support programs:
- Peer tutoring sessions held in the STEM House
- Access to resources like Periodic Tables, skeleton sets, and whiteboards
- Access to faculty office hours held in the STEM House
- Peer mentoring relationships between first years and returning students