• 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 a specific issue. Today, we’re announcing the three states awarded these grants. Each will host a meeting (or meeting series) on a specific, critical topic. Then, at our next STEMxchange meeting in 2018, these groups will share what worked and what didn’t. In turn, this will help our network tackle two critical goals. First, the awards will generate breakthroughs in a series of key challenges. Second,… 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

  • 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

  • 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