• Bringing STEM to Pennsylvania preschoolers

    STEM in preschool? It’s a hot topic among some educators and the organizations that serve them. One such organization is ASSET STEM Education, a Pennsylvania-based national education improvement nonprofit. In 2016, ASSET made a commitment to expand STEM-focused training of early learning educators nationwide. One year later, we wanted to know the impact, if any, of that commitment. We contacted Cynthia Pulkowski, executive director of ASSET STEM Education, to find out:   Q:Tell us about ASSET STEM Education and its mission. A: ASSET STEM Education is driven by a mission to advance teaching and learning to engage, inspire and empower all learners. ASSET’s work is premised on the belief that a strong foundation in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) will… Read More

  • What’s up in Washington D.C. on STEM?

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    Q: How’s the policy calendar looking today compared to what you were seeing in March? A: We are still seeing delays in the release of substantive legislation, particularly around the Perkins Reauthorization, because right now the priority is coming to an agreement on the FY17 budget ahead of this week’s spending expiration. Additionally, the Senate… Read More

  • Webinar: What’s next for the Million Women Mentors movement?

    May 10, 2017: 4-5 pm EST Register To increase the interest and confidence of girls and young women in STEM careers, Million Women Mentors has recruited male and female professional to complete a detailed mentorship program with mentees. The movement aims to change the face of career choices and advancement for women and girls. More than 30… Read More

  • Charting the path from teacher to STEM education leader

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    Sandy Watkins, the road to STEM education started with the conviction there wasn’t enough time in her classroom to cover all the content her students needed. We spoke to Sandy about how she has directed her passion for improving the educational experiences of her students to improve STEM learning for students across Tennessee. She founded… Read More

  • Program takes teachers inside Army labs for extensive training

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    Conducting research in a real lab with professional mentoring, then taking knowledge gained back to the classroom. Is that the dream of many STEM educators? The year-old RESET program aims to make that dream a reality. RESET, or Research Experiences for STEM Educators and Teachers, offers 60 hours of online summer learning to a select… Read More

  • Teacher interview: Funding science with DonorsChoose.org

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    For teachers, finding cash to buy classroom “extras” can be difficult. A school’s parent organization can help, but so can generous strangers. That’s the aim of DonorsChoose.org, a web site where teachers at public schools can submit proposals for things their classrooms need, and then individuals, companies and foundations can pledge funding to support that… Read More

  • Tools to get your message heard

    Just a few weeks ago, we unveiled a major re-design to the STEMx website, including a major expansion to our list of STEMx-endorsed resources. We invested in these upgrades (and devoted a full section of the resources to communications) having getting your messages heard matters. It takes serious time, practice, and energy to be heard.… Read More

  • Secretary DeVos, school choice, and Perkins in President Trump’s first 50 days

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    With Donald Trump in the White House, what changes might be in store for education in the United States? When a new administration led by a different political party takes office in Washington, action on important issues is often difficult to predict. We asked Thomas Phillips, a congressional affairs specialist for Battelle, what the first… Read More

  • STEMxchange: David’s message for leaders

    In our continuing series of essays reflecting on our annual gathering, STEMxchange, here’s an essay from Battelle’s David Burns that reflects on his messages for leaders of state STEM organizations at STEMxchange 2016. by David Burns, Director of Battelle STEM Innovation Networks At Battelle, we don’t just partner with folks because it feels good. I… Read More

  • STEMxchange: The Six E’s of Engagement

    When STEMx was launched, we chose three words to sum up the goals of the organization: Educate. Engage. Exchange. As STEM learning professionals, we do the first every day. At STEMxchange 2016, we exchanged ideas from across the country. But how do we engage with the broader community? And how do we engage effectively? In Dallas, Anthony… Read More