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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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How ESSA will change K-12 STEM education: What state leaders and STEM professionals need to know

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The newly enacted bipartisan Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) includes a flexible block grant program that will provide more hands-on learning for at-risk students, pay for these students to participate in STEM competitions, and bring other academic subjects, including the arts, into STEM subject programs. Join state leaders, teachers and STEM professionals for a webinar on the new federal education law and its impact on K-12 STEM education, Wednesday, October 5 at 6:30 p.m. Speakers during this interactive, 90 minute […]

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Is Ag the answer to STEM?

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This week’s blog post is a piece written by Dr. Kristopher Elliott, Director of STEM for Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools. The original post can be found at www.agfoundation.org.  There is no doubt that STEM has become a hot topic in education. Teaching science and math with a silo approach does not reflect the real world and often falls short of giving students the ability to problem solve as critical thinkers, a vital skill set business and industry are becoming more […]

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What’s next for the billion dollar Perkins Act

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The Perkins Act, a major piece of federal legislation that provides more than $1.1 billion in funding annually for America’s career and technical education programs, is up for re-authorization in Congress. To pin down the status of this important measure, we asked Thomas Phillips, a congressional affairs specialist for Battelle, about what’s next for the act: Q: What are the main provisions of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006, and when does it run out? […]

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Paul G. Allen and Vulcan Inc. offer DIY grants and resources

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Dave Ferrero, Senior Program Officer for Education at Vulcan Inc., and his team have released project-based STEM resources for teachers and grants to incentivize early adopters. These “DIY project guides” were created by recipients of the Allen Distinguished Educator Award, a program that recognizes teachers who have developed innovative ways to teach computer science, engineering, and entrepreneurship. We wanted to know more about these resources and how they can encourage more innovative teaching and learning in K-12 classrooms.

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Congressional staff briefed on rural afterschool

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Note from Director Mike Feder: STEMx readers, I read this post a few weeks ago. It offers some critical details, both about the importance of afterschool programs but also on how the Afterschool Alliance keeps legislators briefed. With permission, we’re cross-posting this information. by Erik Peterson for the Afterschool Alliance, original post The benefits provided by afterschool programs can be integral to the fabric of a rural community—including STEM learning experiences, community connections, caring mentors, and healthy snacks and meals. On July 26th, a Senate Afterschool Caucus briefing […]

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Ohio student team creates water filter from litter

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Cross-posted from the Ohio STEM Learning Network. To find students applying STEM learning to real-life problems, look no further than four Gahanna Middle School East eighth-graders. As their entry in an eCYBERMISSION competition sponsored by the Army Educational Outreach Program, the student team came up with a waste-saving, water-purifying idea that has garnered $25,000. Julia Bray, Luke Clay, Natalie Clay and Ashton Cofer created a process called Styro-Filter, which aims to convert polystyrene waste (disposable foam cups, plates, coolers and […]

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Detailed evaluation guides Iowa STEM

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How are STEM programs doing in your state? Are they reaching the students who need them the most? Are they effective in inspiring and educating the next generation of skilled, innovative and inventive game-changers? How does a state evaluate its STEM programs? The annual report of the Iowa STEM Monitoring Project can serve as a guideline. We asked Jeff Weld, executive director of the Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council and associate professor of biology at the University of Northern Iowa […]

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The attraction of magnet schools

What is the “attraction” of magnet STEM schools, and how are they different, if at all, from other STEM schools? To find out, we asked Becky Ashe, founding principal of L&N STEM Academy in Knoxville, Tennessee, about her magnet high school and magnet schools in general. She also shared information about the Magnet Schools of America annual conference: Q: Your school, L&N STEM Academy, is a magnet high school. What, in general, is a magnet school, and how does a […]

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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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