• Large scale, long-term study concludes STEM schools work

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    Does attending an inclusive STEM-focused high school have long-term effects on students? A study conducted by SRI Education and George Washington University aims to find out. The iSTEM research project, with funding from the National Science Foundation, is touted as “the first large-scale controlled longitudinal study of the impacts of inclusive STEM high schools in the United States.” To find out more about the study’s findings so far, we contacted Barbara Means, formerly the director of the Center for Technology and Learning at SRI International and a principal investigator on the study. Dr. Means is currently the executive director for learning sciences research at Digital Promise, an organization that works to improve learning through technology: Q: What, in general, were… Read More

  • Four states, five new resources to grow your STEM network

    STEMx was created as a platform for connecting state STEM networks together to share breakthroughs and support each other. In February, we unveiled a new, searchable database of resources pulled from around the country. That database is growing. Throughout the year, a team of leaders from around the network met to evaluate potential resources. Today,… 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

  • Three-year study evaluates STEM pilot in Arizona schools

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    Introducing and nurturing STEM programs in schools and districts where finances are tight can be challenging. What is the best way to accomplish this task? To test its theories on implementing and expanding STEM education, the Arizona STEM Network conducted a three-year study among selected rural schools and districts in its state. The results are… Read More

  • Coalition report released on out-of-school learning

    This post by James Brown is a cross-post from the STEM Education Coalition The STEM Education Coalition today publicly released “The Case for Investing in Out-of-School Learning as a Core Strategy in Improving Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Education.” This 10-page paper written for policymakers and education leaders makes a strong case for why… Read More

  • Connect to STEMx Superstars

    The “STEMx™ Superstars” report pulls together profiles of some of the country’s top advocates for STEM. Each profile of a STEMx member includes a brief summary of the organization, key facts about STEM in that region, and detailed profiles of top leaders. Read these profiles to learn about the groundbreaking efforts to turn the promise… Read More