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Smithsonian center puts experiential learning to the test

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At STEMxchange 2016, Dr. Carol O’Donnell briefed attendees on a five-year validation study by the Smithsonian Science Education Center. “We believe in lifelong learning, experiential learning. In 1985, the Smithsonian and the National Academy of Science got together and decided that they wanted to create an institution that would bring that kind of experiential learning into classrooms everywhere. Now, in 1985, that seemed really novel.” “Today, it doesn’t.” The idea of experiential learning isn’t so novel anymore. However, O’Donnell and […]

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Building relationships with top state leaders in New York

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Education conferences are a great way to share best practices and new STEM initiatives among teachers and school administrators. Such meetings also can spread the word about STEM achievements to significant state officials. But how do event planners attract such major players? Late last year, the Empire State STEM Learning Network held a conference that featured speeches by New York’s lieutenant governor, among other prominent officials. To find out how the network scheduled such luminaries, we contacted Jill Lansing, assistant […]

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Looking to 2017 after STEMxchange

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Last week, we gathered more than sixty STEMx leaders in Dallas for the 2016 STEMxchange conference. Each year, this is the extended meeting for STEMx members to sit down, chat, and plan collective action. STEMxchange moves around the country each year. This year, Educate Texas, a founding member, played host. Coming from DC, it was easy to appreciate the warmer weather. I also got to meet many of the leaders from the network, and listen to their organization’s plans for […]

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Welcome the U.S. Virgin Islands to STEMx

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STEMx is branching out again — this time into the Caribbean. The STEM network of the U.S. Virgin Islands, whose main islands are St. Croix, St. John and St. Thomas, is joining STEMx. To find out more about the Virgin Islands Department of Education (VIDE) and its efforts to promote STEM, we contacted Shamika Williams-Henley, state STEM director: Q: Give us some background on VIDE: What are its duties, and how many schools and students are within its jurisdiction? A: […]

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First look at STEM in the Trump administration

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With a new administration in the White House, come new ideas and priorities. What will education and STEM look like under the Trump administration? James Brown, Executive Director the STEM Education Coalition answers our questions in this quick interview.  What direct information do we have about education priorities in a Trump administration? Education issues were not a main focus in this presidential campaign, but we do have some clues.  In many ways, what Trump has said publicly on education is […]

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STEMx member feature: The Utah STEM Action Center


The Utah STEM Action Center, located in Salt Lake City, recently joined the STEMx multi-state network. Earlier this year, we published a story about their annual hands-on learning event called the Utah STEM Fest. To learn about the Center, its mission and plans, we contacted its director, Tami Goetz, who shared the following: Q: Tell us about the STEM Action Center in Utah, its history and the work that it’s doing. A: The STEM Action Center’s mission is to be […]

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Computer Science framework unveiled


by Mike Feder, Director of STEMx In 1892, an influential group of educators released a document that outlined the eleven core subjects U.S. schools should teach.1 They aimed to create an academic core that would prepare students for college. Since then, we’ve dropped Latin and Greek. Other than that…the list hasn’t seriously changed. Until now. Across the country, schools are working to make computer science classes available to all students. With change on this scale, states are looking to guide […]

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Apply to present with STEMx at NSTA forum


by Michael Feder, Director of STEMx STEMx will be featured at the 2017 National Science Teachers Association STEM Forum and Expo. NSTA’s STEM Forum brought together over 2,000 educators last year, including a few STEMx members. Today, I’m proud to announce that there will be a STEMx track at the 6th Annual STEM Forum. Check out the details below for information about attending and presenting.  STEMx will be partnering with NSTA at the 6th Annual STEM Forum & Expo next July […]

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Recapping the Next Steps Institute in South Carolina


We were eager to tell you about the Next Steps Institute, a recent education conference that featured no less than five different STEMx members. Here’s a brief summary from Dr. Carol O’Donnell and Katherine Blanchard about the full “State Leaders in STEM” pathway. But, just as importantly, we wanted to know how this conference changed minds. For that angle, see the answers from Dr. Tom Peters at South Carolina’s Coalition for Mathematics & Science. Dr. Carol O’Donnell and Katherine Blanchard: […]

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Washington school district believes in CS for all

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Should your school district be teaching computer science? If so, at what grade level should you begin? In the Bellevue School District in Washington state, students are learning the subject from kindergarten up. We contacted Greg Bianchi, the district’s STEM curriculum developer as well as a project consultant with Washington STEM, for some insight: Q: How are you involved in the effort to incorporate computer science in K-12 classrooms? Is this just in your school district, or is it a […]

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