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Interdisciplinary Service Learning: Two Approaches to Solving One Problem

Abstract: This paper is co-authored by Maleka P. Hashmi, PhD and Kitrina Carlson, PhD of the University of Wisconsin-Stout.

We propose an interdisciplinary, comprehensive and immersive approach to integrating service learning and research into the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) classroom. Presented here are two examples of experiential learning activities integrated into STEM curricula that align learning objectives around the central theme of food security. Results show that when students are intimately connected to real-life problems within the community, student appreciation for the complexity of solving real-life problems deepens.

Keywords: STEM - Conference Proceedings - Teaching Quality - Hands-on Learning

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