• 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, we proudly grant the STEMx Seal of Approval to the following tools: Indiana STEM Schools Designation Application and Rubric Washington Career Readiness Workshop Playbook North Carolina STEM School Attributes and Rubrics MOU with Ohio Department of Education for STEM Schools Ohio STEM School Reviewer Packet There’s a clear theme here. Indiana, North Carolina and Ohio have all developed detailed materials for “STEM designation.” In these states, being a… Read More

  • STEMx webinar: Creating successful STEM mentorship systems

    September 13, 2017: 4-5 p.m. (EST) Register Access to quality STEM mentors has been linked to student and teacher success.  Creating a process to develop, manage, and sustain mentorship relationships between STEM professionals and teachers and students isn’t easy. Tune in this month to learn about the steps being taken in New York and Utah… Read More

  • New member: STEMx welcomes Arkansas!

    STEMx is welcoming a new member — the Arkansas Public School Resource Center (APSRC). To find out more about the center, its accomplishments and future projects, we contacted Dr. Lisa W. Todd, director of education at the organization, based in Little Rock: Q: Tell us about the Arkansas Public School Resource Center and its mission.… Read More

  • Policy update: White House budget and Perkins Act outlook

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    What does the Trump administration’s proposed education budget mean — if anything? Will its planned cuts and funding realignments survive congressional scrutiny? What can school administrators, teachers and parents expect by way of federal support? To find out more, we asked Thomas Phillips, a congressional affairs specialist for Battelle, what might be next for federal… Read More

  • Teaching resources for the eclipse

    Total solar eclipses aren’t too rare, in principle. As Vox notes in this video, they happen around once every 18 months. But they don’t land in the U.S. very often. The last time you could see one in the continental states was 1979! This year, you can be anywhere in the continental U.S. and see… Read More

  • Webinar: Working with the Army on STEM outreach

    August 16, 2017: 4-5 pm EST Register The Army Education Outreach Program, or AEOP, is the Army’s platform for advancing STEM education and literacy through STEM experiences, internships and competitions. From solar car competitions to bringing teachers into military research facilities, the program is very broad. More than 31,000 participants benefited from AEOP just last… Read More

  • We join 1,800 other STEM advocates with NSTA

    Last year, I traveled to Denver for the 2016 NSTA STEM Forum with a mission: Evaluate whether this conference could be a good fit for STEMx members to join. I left Colorado impressed. More than 1,000 attendees had participated and I’d met an enthusiastic coalition of STEM educators. But our team wanted to do more… Read More

  • Webinar: Join us for a STEM survey sneak preview

    Statewide nonprofit Washington STEM conducts a statewide survey every other year to determine support from Washington voters for issues surrounding STEM education. During this webinar, you’ll hear about the reasons behind the poll, steps Washington STEM took to partner with a contractor to develop questions and carry out the poll, and applications for poll results.… 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

  • Join us at NSTA STEM Forum and Expo in July

    The STEM Forum & Expo, hosted by NSTA brings together educators and representatives from exhibiting companies interested in STEM education. STEM Forum & Expo is intended to provide resources for educators and organizations seeking to learn more about STEM education, associated outreach programs, partnerships, schools, and curricula. The conference will be held at Gaylord Palms Resort… Read More