The vision for Science Teaching Excites Medical Interest (STEMI) is to create a network of high school science educators across Mississippi who will improve the health of our citizens by advancing Next Generation educational standards. Funded by the National Institutes of Health - Office of the Director Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) program (2016-21), STEMI partners with 8 school districts, the UMMC Clinical Anatomy and Telehealth programs as well as school nurses to engage Mississippi high school teachers in an online community of learners focused on pedagogical innovation.
SEPA (Science Education Partnership Award) was created to encourage active biomedical and/or behavioral scientists to work as partners with educators, media experts, community leaders, and other interested organizational leaders on projects that improve student understanding of the health sciences in K-12 education, and increase the public's understanding of science. Since 1991, the program has been administered by the National Center for Research Resources, National Institutes of Health.
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