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Mission and Vision

ORAU Center for Science Education provides resources to improve classroom science and technology education

The mission of the Center for Science Education is twofold:

  • To bring tomorrow’s science into today’s classrooms
  • To use science and technology to improve science and technology education

The vision of the Center for Science Education is to leverage partnerships with federal agencies, specifically the U.S. Department of Energy, to help strengthen America’s educational competitiveness by:

  • Bridging the gap between the authentic scientific research being conducted in U.S. national laboratories, such as Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and research centers and the curriculum being taught in the classroom
  • Providing an education laboratory for experimenting, learning, demonstrating and showcasing results
  • Creating a virtual learning environment including technology-based visualization, simulation, and modeling to enhance the study of the STEM disciplines
  • Serving as a resource center featuring proven products, services, and programs that can help make K-12 STEM education more effective
Center for Science Education Vision

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Through the Center for Science Education, students and educators will have the capabilities to:

  • Analyze authentic data from remote laboratories and research centers
  • Manipulate simulations and visualizations using actual scientific models
  • Access assignments and information from home and elsewhere
  • Connect with other students and teachers through learning networks

Center for Science Education Classroom

A key focal point of the Center for Science Education is a physical classroom featuring advanced technologies and creative classroom configurations to support educating a new generation of students in the digital age.

The classroom is equipped with:

  • A video wall of nine, 42-inch plasma screens with multi-window video processing to allow for efficient video conferencing and state-of-the-art online and in-class presentation capabilities
  • Teaching technologies such as interactive whiteboards, tablet PCs, and classroom performance or “clicker” systems for student participation, and a teacher station that will control and integrate all technologies in the room, including audio and lighting
  • Laptop computers and wireless connectivity to allow participants optimum flexibility when working on group projects and research and to allow participants’ computer screens to be easily shown on the video wall or the projector
  • Classroom furniture that is flexible for a variety of teaching and learning formats, whether a classic lecture, a teacher center, or small group discussion, and that allows for maximum accommodation of computer and other technology needs
Nine-screen video wall

The nine-screen video wall in the Center for Science Education’s classroom. Click image to enlarge.


Contact Us

For more information about the Center for Science education, the classroom, student and educator opportunities, or other science education programs, please contact:

Marie Westfall
Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education