• New member: STEMx welcomes Arkansas!

    STEMx is welcoming a new member — the Arkansas Public School Resource Center (APSRC). To find out more about the center, its accomplishments and future projects, we contacted Dr. Lisa W. Todd, director of education at the organization, based in Little Rock: Q: Tell us about the Arkansas Public School Resource Center and its mission. A: APSRC is a service-oriented, nonprofit membership organization that provides targeted technical assistance and training to support the development and advancement of charter and rural public schools across Arkansas. The mission of APSRC is to improve public education by providing technical support and advocacy services to schools in the state with an emphasis on assisting charter schools and public schools in rural districts. Since 2008,… Read More

  • Policy update: White House budget and Perkins Act outlook

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    What does the Trump administration’s proposed education budget mean — if anything? Will its planned cuts and funding realignments survive congressional scrutiny? What can school administrators, teachers and parents expect by way of federal support? To find out more, we asked Thomas Phillips, a congressional affairs specialist for Battelle, what might be next for federal… Read More

  • Teaching resources for the eclipse

    Total solar eclipses aren’t too rare, in principle. As Vox notes in this video, they happen around once every 18 months. But they don’t land in the U.S. very often. The last time you could see one in the continental states was 1979! This year, you can be anywhere in the continental U.S. and see… Read More

  • Webinar: Working with the Army on STEM outreach

    August 16, 2017: 4-5 pm EST Register The Army Education Outreach Program, or AEOP, is the Army’s platform for advancing STEM education and literacy through STEM experiences, internships and competitions. From solar car competitions to bringing teachers into military research facilities, the program is very broad. More than 31,000 participants benefited from AEOP just last… Read More

  • We join 1,800 other STEM advocates with NSTA

    Last year, I traveled to Denver for the 2016 NSTA STEM Forum with a mission: Evaluate whether this conference could be a good fit for STEMx members to join. I left Colorado impressed. More than 1,000 attendees had participated and I’d met an enthusiastic coalition of STEM educators. But our team wanted to do more… Read More

  • Webinar: Join us for a STEM survey sneak preview

    Statewide nonprofit Washington STEM conducts a statewide survey every other year to determine support from Washington voters for issues surrounding STEM education. During this webinar, you’ll hear about the reasons behind the poll, steps Washington STEM took to partner with a contractor to develop questions and carry out the poll, and applications for poll results.… Read More

  • Why Amgen, a biotech company, backs a new report on high school lab science

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    More than a decade ago, a groundbreaking report looked at the learning taking place in high school science labs. America’s Lab Report: Investigations in High School Science (2005) — with multiple national science agencies as contributors — examined the effectiveness of such laboratory experiences. The report helped science educators shape their lessons by linking various… Read More

  • Join us at NSTA STEM Forum and Expo in July

    The STEM Forum & Expo, hosted by NSTA brings together educators and representatives from exhibiting companies interested in STEM education. STEM Forum & Expo is intended to provide resources for educators and organizations seeking to learn more about STEM education, associated outreach programs, partnerships, schools, and curricula. The conference will be held at Gaylord Palms Resort… Read More

  • STEMx grant award winners will identify solutions to persistent STEM education challenges

    This spring, we launched the STEMx Challenge Grant Program to provides STEMx states with up to $15,000 to develop solutions to pressing STEM education issues. The Challenge Grants will not fund big new departments or long-running research studies. Instead, each of these modest awards will help the STEM education leaders implement and assess strategies for tackling… Read More

  • Indiana tackles college and career readiness at state STEM meeting

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    Organizing a statewide conference of STEM educators and administrators can be daunting. Even with the best planning, unforeseen problems happen. Paul Ainslie, managing director of the I-STEM Resource Network, knows about planning big meetings and handling last-minute glitches. The network recently co-sponsored its Spring 2017 Indiana STEM Education Taskforce Meeting in Fishers, northeast of Indianapolis.… Read More