Senior Lecturer, Science Education/STEM Initiatives
Eric Packenham is the Principal Investigator for the STARS! GEAR UP grant. The STARS! GEAR UP Partnership will increase the number of students graduating high school, prepared for and succeed in post-secondary education. The Strategic Partners are: 1) Higher Education Institutions: The Utah State University (USU); 2) School Districts: Tooele, Elko, Uintah, Logan, Davis, South Sanpete, North Sanpete; 3) Charter Schools: American Preparatory Academy, American Preparatory Academy – New Americans, Dual Immersion Academy 4) Community Organizations: Rocky Mountain NASA Space Consortium, Space Dynamics Laboratory, Texas Instruments and SureScore.
The STARS! GEAR UP will serve 2,793 students from middle school graduation into their first year in college. The STARS! GEAR UP Partners selected evidence-based programs that respond to the needs of the target students. SureScore will be the program’s foundation, working in collaboration with partners to provide classroom, after school, and summer tutoring programs to enhance academic achievement. Texas Instruments’ MathForward Program, which employs cutting edge technology, will improve student’s math skills and advance teachers’ math pedagogy. USU’s nationally ranked College of Education, the Space Dynamics Lab, and the NASA Rocky Mountain Consortium will provide comprehensive professional development and mentoring for teachers, and hands-on science and math instruction to students. College readiness activities will be provided by SureScore and the USU Access and Diversity Center.