STEM+L Academy – School of Education & Human Development

STEM+L Academy

STEM+L Academy

Project STEM+L is a NSF-funded research project that aims to help adolescents (age~10-13) from diverse backgrounds in developing core integrated science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and digital literacies (STEM+L) practices. The participating students will engage in a hybrid STEM+L Academy program in which they will collaborate in small groups to work towards producing a multimodal science fiction. The STEM+L Academy includes a summer camp, fall Saturday meetings, and final presentation. In the process, the research team will provide support in terms of reading, writing, technology training, and mini science lessons related to the theme of environment and human health. The research team will also collect online surveys, interviews, video data, and student artifacts in order to understand how participants engage and learn in the program. For more information, please visit website:


  • 6th – 8th graders (grade for the incoming 2018 – 2019 school year)


  • Learn a variety of digital skills (e.g., Computer animation, online comics, digital videos, and infographics) and how to create your own multimedia science fiction.
  • Showcase your work @ Miami International Science Fiction Film Festival.
  • Learn from UM Professors and visit research labs on campus.
  • The program will be offered at no charge.

Location and Date/Time:

  • The program will be held at Merrick Building, RM 220.
  • Summer Camp: 9:30am – 3:30 pm; Aug. 6th - 10th
  • Fall Saturday Meetings: Participants are expected to attend at least one Saturday per month in the Fall to report their progress.
  • Final Presentation: 10am-12pm, January 13th, 2018.

This research is conducted under the direction of Dr. Ji Shen, for more information please contact:
Ji Shen, University of Miami, Department of Teaching and Learning
5202 University Drive, Merrick Building, RM 324, Coral Gables FL 33146;
Phone: 305-284-4970; Email: