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National Science Foundation study on inclusive STEM schools

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by Mike Feder, Director of STEMx STEM schools can be a vehicle for creating equity, setting high expectations, and an education that prepares kids for the 21st century world. As STEM advocates, we believe in these schools. But data matters just as much as our beliefs. When parents and policymakers want more than the beliefs of educators, what are the best ways to demonstrate the merits of our work? Sharon Lynch, professor at George Washington University, has been working on […]

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Welcome to Arizona’s Dr. Mary O’Reilly

Hi Dr. O’Reilly! Can you tell us a little about what you’re working on at AZ STEM NETWORK and Science Foundation Arizona? As I recently took over this role I have spent the last month getting to know the organization and partner groups. The AZ STEM NETWORK is a collaboration between business, educators, government and philanthropy in Arizona with a shared common agenda – to develop a strong STEM literate population and increase the number of high tech career opportunities […]

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Coalition report released on out-of-school learning

This post by James Brown is a cross-post from the STEM Education Coalition The STEM Education Coalition today publicly released “The Case for Investing in Out-of-School Learning as a Core Strategy in Improving Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Education.” This 10-page paper written for policymakers and education leaders makes a strong case for why informal and afterschool learning must be an integral part of policies to improve STEM education across the board. Exposure to formal and informal learning in […]

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Partnership grant available with Army Education Outreach Program

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The Army Education Outreach Program, or AEOP, is the Army’s platform for advancing STEM education and literacy through STEM experiences, internships and competitions. As a connector of opportunities to transform STEM education, we’re proud to issue this notification of a second round of grant opportunities for strategic initiatives from AEOP. Organizations that support STEM education and reach underrepresented student populations OR military-dependent K-12 students can apply for the grants. This is the second round of AEOP’s Strategic Outreach Initiatives Grant. […]

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North Carolina’s collaborative efforts result in “The Connectory Exchange”

The NC STEM Center has leveraged its resources with resources on a national scale to create tools needed to allow a centralized database of STEM education programs using The Connectory, a national online database of STEM programs and opportunities. The NC STEM Center is a founding member of STEMx, so we chatted with Dr. Sam Houston and Lisa Rhoades about the partnership and what it means for students and teachers. NC STEM is a program of the NC Science, Mathematics and […]

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STEM stands out at White House Science Fair

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100-pound subway-cleaning robots. Prosthetics good enough to skateboard on. Homemade spacecrafts that can reach the stratosphere. That last one was made by sisters Kimberly and Rebecca Yeung, ages 9 and 13. They fashioned a small craft out of a weather balloon and Rebecca’s archery arrow shafts. Before releasing it into the sky, they attached a camera, GPS, and a variety of sensors. A small R2D2 to acted as pilot, finally the captain of his own ship. After seeing a video of the […]

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STEMx Policy Fellow: Representative Wilson Stone

Today, we’re talking to Representative Wilson Stone of Kentucky. Rep. Stone is part of the inaugural class of STEMx Policy Fellows from across the country. They are spending the next two years learning from and with other policymakers from STEMx states to take new ideas back to their own community. Welcome Rep. Stone! What does it mean to you being a STEMx Policy Fellow? I am a part of STEM because I am interested in promoting STEM education across Kentucky, […]

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Department of Energy celebrates women

Today we’re talking to the Honorable La Doris “Dot” Harris, the Director of the Office of Economic Impact and Diversity at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), about the Department’s Women @ Energy initiative. In her role, she ensures that minorities and historically underrepresented communities are afforded opportunities to actively participate in the Department’s programs. The Women @Energy initiative aims to profile female scientists across the department and has highlighted 300 women to date.

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STEMx New Member Spotlight: West Virginia

Today we’re talking to Dr. Gay Stewart of West Virginia University where she is the founding director of the WVU Center for Excellence in STEM Education (CE-STEM). Dr. Stewart is also a professor of STEM education and physics. Since having her first child she has wanted to help make the world a better place and realized that opening the doors to STEM education was a way to do just that. Welcome Dr. Stewart! Please tell us about the WVU Center […]

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STEMx Policy Fellow: Representative Ling Ling Chang

Today, we’re talking to Assemblywoman Ling Ling Chang of California. Assemblywoman Chang is part of the inaugural class of STEMx Policy Fellows from across the country. They are spending the next two years learning from and with other policymakers from STEMx states to take new ideas back to their own community. A self-described techie, Assemblywoman Chang most recently served as President & CEO of the Youth Science Center, a nonprofit education organization that focuses on strengthening STEM curriculum and education in local schools. She is bringing her personal experience to the California legislature to help improve STEM education for students across the state.

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