STEM-VRSE was created with a specific vision, two primary missions, and a core set of values to operate as a successful STEM research and education centered organization. At STEM-VRSE, our vision centers on becoming one of the critical organizations integrating 360° and virtual reality (VR) technologies with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) research and education. We use our vision in meeting these two missions. The first mission centers on supporting the integration of 360° and VR technologies across all STEM research domains. The second mission centers on promoting the use of these same technologies across both formal and informal STEM education learning environments. In doing so, we operate from our core values of collaborative community, distributive expertise, and innovative improvement to both support early career STEM researchers and empower STEM teachers.
A stunning new video about the Aggie Bonfire Memorial at Texas A&M University from our volunteer Moses!
Our new team member and software developer Jordan recently traveled to Alaska and took a pretty awesome timelapse! Check it out and look forward to more great things from Jordan!
The purpose of this study centers on the reef community around the Poor Knights Islands, located off New Zealand. Situated just south of the Indo-Pacific warm pool, this community has been exposed to warmer than average temperatures over the past 30 years. Dramatic changes in water temperature stress environments, making them more susceptible to disease and invasive species. Under ideal conditions, reef communities gradually accumulate species, reaching a peak in species diversity before becoming dominated by one or a few species.
Birds from the same family often share common behavioral characteristics. Members of the Charadriidae family populate most beaches across the globe. One of these members, the New Zealand dotterel, summer on New Zealand’s estuaries and mudflats. These areas contain high concentrations of food sources (e.g., snails, worms, and shellfish) unique to the reqion. As a result, New Zealand’s estuaries and mudflats provide an ideal location for studying the dietary patterns of these birds. This knowledge will help researchers better understand the behaviors of other family members living at different locations.