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STEAM Certificate: Strategies for Communicating STEAM ideas in Public Spaces

In this course, we will focus on how to talk about science effectively through using stories and narratives to communicate and enhance understanding for general and specified audiences. Our goal in this program is to draw upon a wide array of stories from science and other perspectives to work towards building a bridge to engage diverse audiences in public spaces. Perfect for anyone who is tasked with teaching interdisciplinary science in public and community spaces.

STEM Certificate: Learning, Teaching and Communicating in STEAM

This online course is part of the STEM Certificate: Learning, Teaching and Communicating in STEAM. This program was originally developed by free-choice learning experts John Falk and Lynn Dierking and based on the innovative Oregon State University graduate program in education.

STEM Certificate Courses

College Partners

This course is a collaboration between Oregon State University College of Education and Oregon State University Professional and Continuing Education.

Spring Dates
Mar. 7 - Apr. 24, 2022
Seven weeks
price (2)
$529 (registration cost includes a $60 non-refundable registration fee, per course)


Sarah Sheldrick

Sarah Sheldrick is dedicated to inspiring creative people to develop and reach their goals. She has a strong vision of community that is considerate of equity, respect, collaboration, empathy, inclusion, celebration of achievements, and continuing development of individual’s abilities. Her area of academic and practical work is in environmental science, conflict management, documentary filmmaking and theater.  In her work, she has met with a diverse group of stakeholders including, native tribes, city manager, farmers, ranchers, city council and state representatives.

Sarah has spent her professional career focused ethical and effective skills for oral and written communication. She also has extensive and an expert knowledge of public relations, event planning and public speaking. She also brings knowledge of conflict resolution, stakeholder engagement and a creative approach to collaborative problem solving. Her current research project is looking at Nestle Waters North America and the communication process that is inclusive of local communities, awareness of environmental risk and drinking water scarcity. 

Past Students' Work

Take a look at some recent projects our students have created.