Theses and Dissertations


Randi Robison

Issuing Body

Mississippi State University


Clary, Renee

Committee Member

Meng, Quingmin

Committee Member

Gallardo, Roberto

Committee Member

Walker, Ryan

Date of Degree


Document Type

Graduate Thesis - Open Access


Geoscience (Environmental Geoscience)

Degree Name

Master of Science (M.S.)


College of Arts and Sciences


Department of Geosciences


Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) are important fields in today’s world. Educators can incorporate informal STEM learning opportunities into their curriculum by taking students on field trips. In this research, 210 Mississippi STEM education centers were identified, and 50 completed a survey about their programs. 17 Mississippi STEM clubs were identified and 14 completed surveys. 81 Mississippi STEM K-12 educators also completed surveys about field trips and STEM programs offered near them. A Google Map, a Geodatabase, shapefiles, and Google Spreadsheets were created to manage these data. Maps were created displaying locations of STEM centers, responses from STEM centers and educators, and areas of the state where there is high interest in collaboration to create new programs. The deliverables of this research will be incorporated to the first STEMocused website for the state of Mississippi. This website could help teachers identify more informal STEM opportunities for their students.