Rowan University

05/16/2018 | News release | Distributed by Public on 05/16/2018 16:18

Rowan Engineering participates in 2018 NSF’s STEM for All Video Showcase

Dr. Stephanie Farrell, professor and chair of Experiential Engineering Education in the Henry M. Rowan College of Engineering at Rowan University, will be featured in the 2018 STEM for All Video Showcase funded by the National Science Foundation. The event will highlight innovation in STEM education and will be held online until May 21 at

As a part of her project and presentation 'Breaking Barriers: LGBTQ Inclusion in STEM,' Farrell led a team of faculty from Rowan and other universities to complete a nationwide climate survey of engineering students. The survey revealed that LGBTQ students in engineering are more likely than women, underrepresented minorities and non-LGBTQ peers to report a chilly climate in engineering. This has negative personal and academic consequences. Farrell leads a team of engineers and sociologists from Rowan, the University of Michigan, Michigan Tech University, Temple University and the American Society of Engineering Education that is working together to link diversity research with a faculty development initiative to advance LGBTQ equality in STEM.

'We developed a national community of practice to promote LGBTQ inclusion in STEM, and one of our core activities is to bring Safe Zone Ally training workshops to the engineering community via webinars and workshops at professional society meetings and college campuses,' said Farrell. 'Our project is building a community of individuals who are committed to promoting LGBTQ+ inclusion in STEM fields.'

Now in its fourth year, the annual showcase will feature more than 200 innovative projects aimed at improving STEM learning and teaching that have been funded by the National Science Foundation and other federal agencies. During the weeklong event, researchers, practitioners, policy makers and members of the public are invited to view the short videos, discuss them with the presenters online and vote for their favorites.

'Through our education efforts and Safe Zone workshops, we are helping to build inclusive classrooms and workplaces in STEM departments across the country that are welcoming individuals of all identities, where everyone can thrive and contribute to their fullest potential,' said Farrell.

The theme for this year's event is 'Transforming the Educational Landscape.' Video presentations cover a wide range of topics, including science, mathematics, computer science, engineering, cyberlearning, citizen science, maker spaces, mentoring, informal learning, professional development, research and evaluation, NGSS and the Common Core. The videos highlight initiatives for students of all ages, from kindergarten through graduate school, as well as those for adult learners.

The STEM for All Video Showcase is created and hosted by TERC, a non-profit, research and development organization located in Cambridge, Massachusetts. TERC partners with six NSF-funded resource centers: MSPnet, CADRE, CAISE, CIRCL, STELAR, CS for All Teachers. The showcase is funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation (#1642187).