The Center for the Advancement of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Education leverages the physical and intellectual resources of BSU to build and support a diverse community of educators and students that promotes STEM interest and literacy both regionally and internationally.
Our students work in collaboration with Bridgewater State University faculty members Dr. Robert Hellstrom of the Geography Department and Dr. Thilina Surasinghe of the Biology Department to collect and report local weather/climate data. This data will be used daily by scientists from The National Weather Service and will support research currently underway at BSU.
With funding from the University’s Center for the Advancement of STEM Education (CASE), Drs. Hellstrom and Surasinghe were able to install an All Weather Rain Gauge on our campus and provide us with several Lascar Temperature and Humidity Data Loggers.
This equipment will provide for timely and relevant learning experiences for our students including: participating in the collection of data for local and national research projects, calculating heat stress index and studying the physiological effects of heat stress, studying microclimates on our campus and their implications for plant and wildlife, engineering a protective hanger for electronic equipment being used outdoors, and using weather/climate data in real time for analysis in statistics and science classes.
Our students and teachers will also participate in CASE programs that focus on biotechnology, watershed assessment and water quality analysis, geography education, green chemistry, astronomy, and use of problem solving, puzzles and games to engage students in mathematics.