From Space to Species: Wildlife Fisheries Indigenous STEM Enhancement (Space-WISE)

PI: Janene Lichtenberg, Wildlife and Fisheries Department, Salish Kootenai College

Salish Kootenai College (SKC) is excited to launch Space-WISE, Wildlife and Fisheries Indigenous STEM Enhancement Project. This project is aimed at improving SKC natural resources education in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) through interdisciplinary training for SKC students and the Reservation community in biological, ecological, physical and environmental sciences using technological resources. Proposed enhancements will help us create a strong foundation for our new and rapidly growing Wildlife and Fisheries Department while improving technologically based education for courses that serve students from multiple disciplines improving recruitment and retention. Our goals are to: 1) enhance STEM curricula to include NASA related technologies to prepare students for future careers in science and technology; 2) prepare faculty instructors to effectively engage and train students through professional development and partnerships; and 3) provide access to technological resources that aid students in developing STEM skills. These goals support NASA Space Grant program goals of promoting STEM education, preparing teachers to improve student academic outcomes, encouraging cooperative programs, providing interdisciplinary training, and educating underrepresented groups for careers in STEM. We have a strong faculty team of experienced scientists and educators prepared to accomplish these goals. Strengthening interdisciplinary knowledge and technological resources will benefit knowledge of the Reservation community through outreach and better equip students to continue with careers that benefit conservation, management, and scientific research from species to space. Space-WISE will have a ripple effect from current to future students, as well as their communities, employers and beyond. 


Contact Information

Mail: Janene Lichtenberg

Wildlife and Fisheries Department 

Salish Kootenai College
Pablo, MT 59855
E-mail: Janene Lichtenberg
Phone: (406) 275-4896


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