• Idaho: Primed for STEM

    Last week, David Burns from Battelle joined a delegation from Ohio to the Idaho legislature. The topic: How to foster STEM? You can read about the visit in detail in this piece for the Idaho Statesman by Bill Roberts. We asked what he’s thinking after returning home to Ohio. So, this is how it starts. Everyone understands strong STEM education and STEM schools are a good idea. But, how do you move from idea to action? Whether you’re talking about Ohio in 2008, Tennessee in 2010, or Idaho today, it takes three elements. First, you need a state legislature that’s engaged on the issue. Legislative support can be the cornerstone that advocates, businesses, and educators gather around. Representative DeMordaunt and… Read More

  • Hands-on learning for Utah students at STEM Fest

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    The Utah STEM Action Center organizes an annual event for educators around STEM, but it’s no conference. Instead, the Utah STEM Fest is all for students. There’s no fee, schools simply have to bus students to the exhibit hall and the Utah STEM Fest takes care of the rest. It’s a simple model and tremendously popular. Last… 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

  • Paul G. Allen and Vulcan Inc. supporting educators

    Dave Ferrero, Senior Program Officer in Education at Vulcan Inc., and his team are launching a series of new opportunities for teachers across the country. We wanted to know about the Allen Distinguished Educators, which offers $25,000 awards, and the grants for classrooms that implement methods piloted by these educators. What is the Allen Distinguished… Read More

  • Educators, learn policy through this fellowship

    Patti Obenour is an Education Project Manager with the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE), which is a U.S. Department of Energy Institute. ORISE administers the Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship (AEF) Program, which is managed by the U.S. Department of Energy in partnership with other sponsors, including the National Science Foundation and NASA.… Read More

  • Welcome new director

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    Please join Battelle Education & STEMx in welcoming Michael Feder, Ph.D., to the role of National STEMx Relationship Manager. Michael comes from a small town in northeast Pennsylvania near Scranton and received his Bachelor’s Degree from Pennsylvania State University. Since moving to Washington, DC over 15 years ago, he has provided education policy guidance to… Read More

  • STEMx Network Thriving, Adds Members in Florida and Maryland

    The STEMx network, a coast-to-coast coalition of organizations advancing STEM, has added two new members: the Northeast Florida Regional STEM2 Hub and the Maryland State Department of Education. In Florida, the Northeast Florida Regional STEM2 Hub’s focus is on accelerating the growth of STEM education and careers. Hub Start-up Executive Director, Wanyonyi Kendrick, brings her perspective as a former CIO… Read More

  • Let’s get coding

    Two years ago, Hadi Partovi and his brother Ali brought together top leaders in tech like Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates to issue a simple call. They asked people to spend just one hour coding, getting an introduction to the computer languages that much of the modern world relies on. Today, the “Hour of Code”… Read More

  • Sad news

    Update: Here’s the website set up by Margaret’s family: http://www.forevermissed.com/margaret-ashida/ Over the weekend, Margaret Ashida, Executive Director of STEMx, passed away. The education community has lost a leading advocate. Her work includes an impressive list of leadership positions in organizations across the country, and credentials from elite universities. Her industry expertise and commitment to excellent STEM education… Read More

  • To Congress: Reauthorize the Perkins Act

    Today we joined over 200 businesses and other organizations in writing to Congress to urge reauthorization of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act (Perkins). Together, we recommended that the reauthorization include alignment of career tech programs to labor market needs; support collaboration between secondary and postsecondary institutions and employers; increase student participation in… Read More