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Ute Stem Project: A Study in the Integration of Western STEM and Native American Knowledge Bases

October 1, 2016 - September 30, 2022 | Exhibitions, Informal/Formal Connections, Public Programs

History Colorado (HC) conducted an NSF AISL Innovations in Development project known as Ute STEM. This project built on the long-standing collaborations between HC, the Southern Ute Indian Tribe, Ute Mountain Ute Tribe and Ute Indian Tribe, Uintah &  Ouray Reservation (the three Ute Tribes), and the Dominguez Archaeological Research Group (DARG), with the addition of new partners. HC implemented and evaluated a regional informal learning collaboration focused on Ute traditional and contemporary STEM knowledge that ultimately served over 291,000 learners through tribal programs, local history museums and educational networks. This project advances the understanding of traditional Ute STEM knowledge and the role of Ute people as STEM learners and practitioners. Ute STEM increases lifelong STEM learning in rural communities and creates a replicable model for collaboration between tribes, history museums and scientists.


Funding Program: AISL
Award Number: 1612311
Funding Amount: $2.2 million


  • Elizabeth Cook
    Principal Investigator
    History Colorado Center
  • Sheila Goff
    Co-Principal Investigator
    History Colorado Center
  • Shannon Voirol
    Co-Principal Investigator
    History Colorado Center
  • JJ Rutherford
    Former Co-Principal Investigator
  • Resource Type: Projects | Project Descriptions
    Discipline: Education and learning science
    Audience: Educators/Teachers | Elementary School Children (6-10) | Evaluators | General Public | Museum/ISE Professionals | Scientists
    Environment Type: Exhibitions | Museum and Science Center Exhibits | Parks, Outdoor, and Garden Exhibits | K-12 Programs | Public Programs | Citizen Science Programs
    Access and Inclusion: Indigenous and Tribal Communities

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