About the Center

Our Purpose

The STEM Innovation for Inclusion in Early Education (STEMI2E2) Center aims to:

  • Develop and enhance the knowledge base on engagement in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) learning opportunities for young children with disabilities (O-5);
  • Implement high-quality technical assistance and professional development to increase engagement for young children with disabilities in STEM opportunities; and
  • Engage partners and stakeholders from diverse disciplines and industry in work to increase the inclusion of young children with disabilities in early high-quality STEM learning experiences.

Our Team

Leadership Team

Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute, UNC-Chapel Hill

Megan Vinh
Chih-Ing Lim

Marsico Institute, University of Denver

Doug Clements
Julie Sarama

Staff

Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute, UNC-Chapel Hill

Ann Sam
Adam Holland
Kellen Reid
Christine Harradine
Julie Chin
Wendy Morgan
Jessica Anne Amsbary
Hsiu-Wen Yang
Daniel Van Ark
Victoria Waters
Taylor Simpson
Christopher Staton
Sarah Pedonti

School of Education, UNC-Chapel Hill

Janice Anderson

Marsico Institute, University of Denver

Crystal Day-Hess
Elica Sharifnia
Shannon Stark-Guss

Public Health Management Corporation

Pip Campbell
Mina  Abdollahi

 

Consultants

Christine Cunningham, Professor of Education and Engineering, Pennsylvania State University
Daryl Greenfield, Professor of Psychology & Pediatrics, University of Miami
Cindy Hoisington, Early childhood STEM educator/researcher, Education Development Center (EDC)
Yvette Mere-Cook, Adjunct Professor, Department of Early and Special Education, UC Davis
Lisa Wadors Verne, Program Manager of Education Research and Partnerships, Benetech
Amy Germuth, EvalWorks
Aimee Ketchum, Pediatric Occupational Therapist, STEM Starts Now

National Impact Team

 

Industry leaders, STEM experts, inclusion experts, practitioners, families, IHE faculty