Dr. Coloninno-Meeks teaching youth archeological field methods.

Dr. Coloninno-Meeks teaching youth archeological field methods.

The role of archelology in STEM-based education will be the topic of Dr. Carol Colaninno-Meeks’ April 7 discussion at the University of Arkansas at Monticello.

Dr. Colaninno-Meeks, the newest member of the Arkansas Archeological Survey, will talk about the ways she incorporates STEM-based education into archeological research. Meeks has extensive experience developing STEM-based archeological education programs and her presentation will offer ideas for teachers who are interested in incorporating archeology into their teaching, but this presentation will be of interest to anyone with an interest in archeology and history.

Humans have been active participants forming current landscapes for more than 10,000 years, yet researchers and educators often fail to account for deep-time, dynamic actions of human involvement in current environments. Given the under appreciation for the deep history and significance of human actions in the development of current and lasting natural and humanistic systems, archeology provides a bridging framework to contextualize present-day issues within human systems. Particularly, archeology has the potential to accomplish such tasks within primary and secondary education. Dr. Colaninno-Meeks will discuss and explore educational philosophies of archeological, environmental, and STEM-based sciences; objectives for an integrated approach to archeological education within STEM-based education; and experiential learning activities that provide students with an immersive, interdisciplinary, and culturally derived approach towards understanding deep-time human actions within our world.

Meeks joined the Arkansas Archeological Survey team as the Archeologist at the Southern Arkansas University Research Station in the winter of 2014. She completed her Ph.D. at the University of Georgia in 2010. Her dissertation research documented human-animal interactions through zooarchaeological analysis of vertebrate remains from five Late Archaic shell rings on the Georgia coast. More recently she worked at the Center for American Archeology in Kampsville, Illinois, where she was the Director of Education.

Meet Dr. Coloninno-Meek and learn about archeology and STEM-based education on April 7 at 6:30 pm in the Conference Room of the Forest Resources Building at the University of Arkansas at Monticello.

This event is free and open to the public. Teachers can receive professional development credits for attendance.