The Capital Area Institute for Mathematics and Science (CAIMS) is devoted to the promotion of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education, continuing its founding mission to improve the delivery of STEM content, while forging a new path that strengthens research, professional development, entrepreneurship, and information services through collaboration between and among faculty on all Penn State campuses, other universities, businesses, and industries.
CAIMS brings the strength of Penn State’s expert faculty and research resources to bear on the problems facing our region’s STEM educators, as well as coordinating STEM summer camps and other programs that give students engaging, hands-on experiences to which they might not otherwise have access. CAIMS' past successes have included providing science kits to schools and professional development to teachers.
- Five-year National Science Foundation program provided to four school districts through a partnership with Penn State Medical School researchers: graduate courses to teachers, instruction to students, one week each summer in a medical school lab, culminating in a week long residency program at the Juniata College Environmental Center.
- Three-year program with Steelton-Highspire (Select Medical funding), provided by-weekly science programs to students; special hands-on instruction by a naturalist; activity by a space/science museum, and a day at PSH in various labs.
- Project Impact provided professional development, equipment, and services for teachers from the following districts: Harrisburg, Lower Dauphin, and Central Dauphin.