• Artists pair with early childhood teachers to find success in STEM education

    Special note: Akua Kouyate-Tate of the Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts will present at this week’s webinar on January 17, 2018 at 4 p.m. EST. Register here. Did you know that the performing arts can improve performance in math? So says the educators at the Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts. A professional development program at the foundation’s education arm teams classroom teachers with specially trained performing artists to blend arts education with math lessons. The young children exposed to this hybrid curriculum have tallied much-improved math scores. To find out more about the program, we contacted Akua F. Kouyate-Tate, vice president, education, for Wolf Trap, which is based in Vienna, Virginia: Q: Why did Wolf Trap… Read More

  • Webinar: STEM on stage and supporting dual-language learners

    January 17, 2018: 4-5 p.m. (EST) Register In January, we’ll hear from expert presenters about tackling two of STEM’s hardest challenges: Meaningful integration with the creative arts and language and literacy-rich STEM experiences for young dual-language learners. Akua Kouyate-Tate, Vice President of Education at Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts, will share experiences and best… Read More

  • Decades later, National Science Foundation’s past still guides grants today

    No matter where you are in the STEM education world, it always seems like the National Science Foundation is just around the corner. Everyone knows that they support cutting edge scientific research, but since when have they been involved in STEM education?  The short answer? About 70 years.  The National Science Foundation was established by Congress through the National Science Foundation Act of… Read More

  • Challenge Grant: Catalytic change rallies South Carolina leaders

    In June, STEMx awarded Challenge Grants to its members in three states so that each could hold a meeting (or series of meetings) on a pressing STEM education issue. One grant winner, South Carolina’s Coalition for Mathematics & Science (SCCMS), used its $15,000 award to host the Grand Challenges in SC STEM Summit on Oct.… Read More

  • STEMx webinar: Creating successful STEM mentorship systems

    September 13, 2017: 4-5 p.m. (EST) Register Access to quality STEM mentors has been linked to student and teacher success.  Creating a process to develop, manage, and sustain mentorship relationships between STEM professionals and teachers and students isn’t easy. Tune in this month to learn about the steps being taken in New York and Utah… 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

  • Congressional staff briefed on rural afterschool

    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… Read More