• 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

  • 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

  • Ohio students present solutions to opioid crisis

    This is a cross-post of a piece originally published by the Ohio STEM Learning Network Ohio’s opioid-abuse crisis has affected countless individuals and families, and long-term solutions have seemed elusive. In response, the state’s Department of Education and the Ohio STEM Learning Network (OSLN) called on schools to tackle the problem. Officials suggested a design… Read More

  • STEMxchange: Focus on local career pipelines leads Lancaster ISD forward

    At STEMxchange 2016, presenters were challenged to share their successes during “STEM in 400 Seconds.” Lancaster Independent School District was represented by Kyndra Johnson, Executive Director for Academics and Innovation. Recognized as a T-STEM designated district in 2012, Lancaster ISD has since become an exemplar for STEM education in the state of Texas. “In Lancaster ISD, our… Read More

  • How Washington STEM advocates for public funding

    Garnering public funding for STEM-based education can be difficult and time consuming. Many STEM promoters know that it takes persistence and savvy to lobby for a portion of state taxpayer dollars. To find out more about the process, we contacted Caroline King, chief policy and strategy officer for Washington STEM, and asked about her organization’s… 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