• 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 than just attend. Working with David Evans, president of NSTA (and member of the STEMx Advisory Board), and his team, we built a plan for 2017. STEMx would provide a full track of sessions. Including six presentations before the formal start of NSTA’s forum. Throughout all three days, members from around STEMx would learn and chat with the NSTA members. Now, as I get back… 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

  • 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

  • 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,… 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