The University Center for Engineering, Science and Mathematics Education (CESAME) was created to improve Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education, teacher education and professional development, and the workforce pipeline in California. As a university-wide endeavor, CESAME is responsible for several cross-disciplinary campus initiatives that impact STEM education and teacher development programs across the state. CESAME cultivates collaborations among students, staff and faculty from across campus and nurtures partnerships with preschool through high school (P-12) teachers, community college faculty, as well as business, industry, government, and foundations in order to achieve its goals.
CESAME leads the state in the development and implementation of model teacher education and professional development programs, such as the STEM Teacher and Researcher (STAR) summer research internship program for aspiring and early career science and math teachers. CESAME is also responsible for Cal Poly’s Math and Science Teacher Initiative (MSTI) grant, and fosters other programs such as Cal Poly’s Noyce Scholarship Program, the Learn By Doing Laboratory, and various professional development programs for local science and mathematics teachers.