Making an Impact

Across its 23 campuses, the CSU offered 483 STEM service-learning courses in the 2011-2012 academic year, involving more than 7,800 students.

Stories of STEM service and learning that make a difference:

Helping an Endangered Butterfly: CSU Dominguez Hills environmental science students help restore the natural habitat for the endangered Palos Verdes blue butterfly.

Learning by Teaching: Fresno State students teach science as they learn.

Healing War Wounds: CSU Monterey Bay alumnus utilizes his service-learning experiences with the "Return of the Natives" project to help others heal war wounds through environmental activism.

See Us Succeed: CSU Long Beach hosts summer science camp for homeless children.

Training Future Environmental Pros: CSU East Bay service-learning students make an impact in the community while learning more about their future professional paths.

Rehabilitation Engineering Impacts Community: Cal State LA students bring water to others one Q drum at a time.

Making Mathematics Fun: Outstanding CSU Fullerton faculty member provides stand-out math lessons.

Strengthening Youth Education in STEM: The CSU's STEM service-learning programs with K-12 students not only are making STEM subjects fun and relevant, but also are helping to prepare our future scientists and engineers.

Chemical Circus sparks interest with a Bang! CSU Bakersfield's Chemistry students offer a series of entertaining chemistry activities for local schools and afterschool programs to ignite an interest in science among youth.

CSUSM students adapt child's play to teach college-level ecology: CSU San Marcos students bring the science curriculum alive for elementary students.

Adding to the Mathematics Toolbox: CSU Dominguez Hills graduate student reflects on his efforts to teach math through the CSU Summer Algebra Institute.

Looking Beyond the Cure: CSU Channel Islands alumna reflects on her work in Zimbabwe.

Robot Expo Gives Students a Chance to Do Math and Have Fun: A Cal Poly Pomona faculty member helps middle school students master math through robotics.

CSU Enhances Student Achievement at Intel ISEF: During the 2011 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF), CSU faculty, staff and students volunteered their time to support STEM high school scholars from all realms of the world.

Plastic Soup: An SDSU graduate student researches the toxicological effects of plastic in the ocean.

Making a difference one laptop at a time: A San Francisco State faculty member is helping deliver "green" laptops to the developing world.

Gulf Recovery in Murky Waters: CSU Channel Islands Assistant Professor Sean Anderson reflects on service and learning in the Gulf.