Shea Awarded SUNY Grant to Explore How Games Can Stimulate STEM Learning

Albany, NY (February 11, 2013) - Dr. Peter Shea, Educational Theory and Practice, received $78,334 from the SUNY Provost’s Office for the Innovative Instruction Technology Grants Program.

Among the most critical academic disciplines for success in a 21st century workforce are those involving Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). These fields are increasingly digital, networked and rapidly evolving.  However, research indicates that U.S. students are becoming less engaged and falling significantly behind the rest of the world in STEM disciplines. 


Through this project, Shea and colleagues, including Alan Oliveira and Jianwei Zhang also from the School of Education, will explore how faculty and students from diverse fields across SUNY - art, music, computer science, natural science, management, education and beyond, can collaborate on projects to conceive, design, and create guided, inquiry-based, immersive games that promote deep understanding of STEM content in k-12 settings.  Shea believes that a focus on STEM will address significant state and national challenges and will help position the project for additional external funding--he and his team have applied for a $1.2 million grant from the National Science Foundation.

Read the University at Albany news release.