What we do…

Since 2000, the Cain Center has served as a catalyst to promote science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) literacy within PK–12 schools throughout Louisiana. We offer a variety of programs and services that support STEM learning, prepare and strengthen teachers, and inform the public. Our collaborative nexus of people, partnerships, and ideas:

  • Generates STEM education policy and best practices
  • Develops curricula, courses, and quality standards
  • Extends these benefits to all 64 parishes

How we do it

LSU Faculty partners with statewide school administrators and educators in a variety of forms to:

  • Increase students' access to STEM courses and experiences, including dual enrollment and college & career pathways
  • Support educators' knowledge and expertise in STEM disciplines through recruitment, preparation, and support strategies
  • Increase student exposure to materials and equipment needed to support inquiry-based pedagogy and active learning

We advance the study and implementation of effective instructional practices and track improvement in student learning through our:

  • Research, development, and scholarship
  • College and career readiness programs
  • Teacher professional development and support

Why we do it

STEM education in primary and secondary schools is the key driver of students‘ ability to choose a STEM career or major in science in college. A past review of Louisiana students revealed that, while 51% indicated having an interest in STEM majors and/or careers, only 10% met benchmark readiness for one or more college courses in mathematics, science, reading, or English. Students who excel in STEM are smarter, more competitive, more productive, and more engaged global citizens who prosper both in college and in their chosen careers.