• 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 teaching approaches to learning outcomes. Much has changed in science education since the report’s publication, and a coalition of education groups called for a new edition. The sponsors of this update will be the Carnegie Corporation of New York and the Amgen Foundation, based in Thousand Oaks, California. The foundation is the principal channel of corporate philanthropy for Amgen, a biotechnology company. For more about… 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

  • Opening up the STEMx archives

    by Michael Feder, Director of STEMx Today, we’re rolling out a major upgrade to the STEMx website, which includes a cleaner look and the launch of the STEMx endorsed resources. It’s my great pleasure to recognize the work of STEMx members who have created the tools that received the STEMx “seal of approval.” Each month,… 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