• 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

  • 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

  • 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… Read More

  • Indiana tackles college and career readiness at state STEM meeting

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    Organizing a statewide conference of STEM educators and administrators can be daunting. Even with the best planning, unforeseen problems happen. Paul Ainslie, managing director of the I-STEM Resource Network, knows about planning big meetings and handling last-minute glitches. The network recently co-sponsored its Spring 2017 Indiana STEM Education Taskforce Meeting in Fishers, northeast of Indianapolis.… Read More

  • Webinar: Tested tools for managing STEM networks

    June 14, 2017: 4-5 pm EST Register The webinar will focus on STEM network management tools from two states. Both Oregon (STEM Hub Backbone Effectiveness Tool) and Indiana (Indiana STEM Strategic Plan) have created tools earning the STEMx seal of approval. From the key functions of regional STEM organizations to tying your state’s plan to economic needs, join us… 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

  • Meshing STEM and career tech education

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    Helping students prepare for today’s highly skilled jobs is a goal of STEM-based education. Such job preparation also has been a longtime aim of career technical education (CTE). Because the two training paths have such similarities, they naturally converge, say educators and policymakers in Oregon, who have been working on meshing the two to better… Read More

  • What’s up in Washington D.C. on STEM?

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    Q: How’s the policy calendar looking today compared to what you were seeing in March? A: We are still seeing delays in the release of substantive legislation, particularly around the Perkins Reauthorization, because right now the priority is coming to an agreement on the FY17 budget ahead of this week’s spending expiration. Additionally, the Senate… Read More

  • Webinar: What’s next for the Million Women Mentors movement?

    May 10, 2017: 4-5 pm EST Register To increase the interest and confidence of girls and young women in STEM careers, Million Women Mentors has recruited male and female professional to complete a detailed mentorship program with mentees. The movement aims to change the face of career choices and advancement for women and girls. More than 30… Read More

  • Charting the path from teacher to STEM education leader

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    Sandy Watkins, the road to STEM education started with the conviction there wasn’t enough time in her classroom to cover all the content her students needed. We spoke to Sandy about how she has directed her passion for improving the educational experiences of her students to improve STEM learning for students across Tennessee. She founded… Read More