The National Academy of Engineering and the National Research Council has released findings on STEM Integration in K-12 Education: Status, Prospects, and an Agenda for Research. Based upon a two-year study by an NAE/NRC Committee, the report provides a descriptive framework, explores design implications and implementation context suggested by the research, and presents recommendations and a research agenda to further advance integrated STEM education.Read More
PhRMA, the organization that represents American pharmaceutical companies, has released a new report on how strengthening America’s standing in STEM is “critical to continued scientific and technological innovation.” The report is well worth reading and anyone interested in STEM should head over to PhRMA.org to download a copy. Read on for a few key highlights from the report.Read More
Policy-makers in Nashville will get a chance to see STEM education up close today as the STEMmobile, a mobile STEM laboratory of the Tennessee STEM Innovation Network, is on exhibit at Nashville’s legislative plaza.
On a brief break from its tour of schools across 20 counties in rural Tennessee, the STEMmobile will be in Nashville for the first time since completion. Visitors can walk through this mobile STEM lab on wheels and experience the same high-tech and innovative STEM practices that the STEMmobile delivers to grade-school students across the rural Upper Cumberland region of the state.Read More
The inaugural Close It Summit is underway with over 300 innovators and thought leaders from across industry, government and education gathered in our nation’s capital. We share a goal to create a new education to employment system. We’re engaging in working groups to develop action plans to close the gap with new talent strategies.Read More
One of the three primary goals of the Kentucky STEMx™ Network is to define and support the characteristics of highly effective STEM initiatives. To this end, a network team embarked upon a study of other STEMx states’ design and school rubrics en route to creating a draft Kentucky STEM Program Rubric. Last Tuesday, they shared the current draft in an Innovate to Learn Institute session which provided multi-state context then engaged participants in lively and constructive feedback – a role model of “by the states, for the states”!Read More
Last week I joined more than 250 leaders in science, education and assessment at a national Invitational Research Symposium on Science Assessment. Over 30 states brought teams to our nation’s capital to engage with academia, industry and government on the goal of improved student assessment and achievement, pertaining to the Next Generation Science Standards which have already been adopted by 7 states. The lead convener of the symposium, the K-12 Center, has posted all of the research papers and presentations online along with video from closing segments on the work ahead in policy and practice. They’re even hosting a webinar distilling Symposium findings in November.Read More