• 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. We aren’t done yet. Today,  we’re releasing a set of six communications assets: Five graphics and one video. These were developed for us under the leadership of the STEMx Communications Working Group to help our members drive home key points as they campaign for STEM. The group sought to find broad, powerful messages about STEM that could be used any time. And we’re pleased to… 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

  • Smithsonian center puts experiential learning to the test

    At STEMxchange 2016, Dr. Carol O’Donnell briefed attendees on a five-year validation study by the Smithsonian Science Education Center. “We believe in lifelong learning, experiential learning. In 1985, the Smithsonian and the National Academy of Science got together and decided that they wanted to create an institution that would bring that kind of experiential learning… Read More

  • Building relationships with top state leaders in New York

    Education conferences are a great way to share best practices and new STEM initiatives among teachers and school administrators. Such meetings also can spread the word about STEM achievements to significant state officials. But how do event planners attract such major players? Late last year, the Empire State STEM Learning Network held a conference that… Read More

  • Looking to 2017 after STEMxchange

    Last week, we gathered more than sixty STEMx leaders in Dallas for the 2016 STEMxchange conference. Each year, this is the extended meeting for STEMx members to sit down, chat, and plan collective action. STEMxchange moves around the country each year. This year, Educate Texas, a founding member, played host. Coming from DC, it was… Read More

  • Welcome the U.S. Virgin Islands to STEMx

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    STEMx is branching out again — this time into the Caribbean. The STEM network of the U.S. Virgin Islands, whose main islands are St. Croix, St. John and St. Thomas, is joining STEMx. To find out more about the Virgin Islands Department of Education (VIDE) and its efforts to promote STEM, we contacted Shamika Williams-Henley,… Read More

  • First look at STEM in the Trump administration

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    With a new administration in the White House, come new ideas and priorities. What will education and STEM look like under the Trump administration? James Brown, Executive Director the STEM Education Coalition answers our questions in this quick interview.  What direct information do we have about education priorities in a Trump administration? Education issues were… Read More

  • STEMx member feature: The Utah STEM Action Center

    The Utah STEM Action Center, located in Salt Lake City, recently joined the STEMx multi-state network. Earlier this year, we published a story about their annual hands-on learning event called the Utah STEM Fest. To learn about the Center, its mission and plans, we contacted its director, Tami Goetz, who shared the following: Q: Tell… Read More