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Progress in Colorado and more from NSTA STEM forum

by Michael Feder, Director of STEMx There seem to be an ever growing number of STEM education conferences convened each year. It can be difficult to know which conference is right for you and STEM educators in your state. I am attending a few highly recommended STEM conferences this summer to explore which are the best fit for our networks. Last month I attended the 5th Annual STEM Forum & Expo, hosted by the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA). The […]

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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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Announcing the STEMx Advisory Board

Today, I’m incredibly proud to announce to you a major step forward for STEMx.

We’re announcing the first six members of the STEMx Advisory Board. The formal press release is below. I urge you to take a look at these six strong advocates for STEM. They’ll provide us detailed guidance moving forward.

In particular, I want to draw your attention to the diversity of groups these leaders represent.

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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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National science agencies pool internships

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by Mike Feder, director of STEMx “Get an internship” is a ubiquitous piece of advice. I’d guess every person reading this post hasn’t just heard that piece of advice, you’ve even offered it. But, as a researcher, these are the kind of clichés that stick with me. What’s the word on internships? They work. A literature review completed in 2013 counted 12 different studies showing impacts. The benefits to internship participants ranged from higher grades to stronger conception of themselves as […]

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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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