• 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 a wide range of stakeholders such as the federal government, private industry, K-12 school districts, colleges, and science rich institutions. He most recently served as the senior program officer for the Board on Science Education (BOSE) of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. With the Board on Science Education he managed consensus studies on a broad range of issues including informal STEM education, K-12… Read More

  • Try out the STEMx Sustainability Compass

    By Margaret Ashida Today we announced the STEMx™ Sustainability Compass at a national Change the Equation summit in Washington, D.C. Co-developed with Education First and Battelle, this online tool is designed to help state STEM networks understand if they are on a path to sustainability. A compass is an essential tool in wilderness survival. And… Read More

  • The Idea of Integrated STEM

    by Margaret Ashida, director of the STEMx network If you ask five people to define STEM education, you’ll probably get five different answers.  The reality is there is no single definition!  The STEMx network thinks about it this way: STEM 1.0 = the acronym for the disciplines of science, technology, engineering and mathematics – each… Read More

  • Pharmaceutical industry issues call to action on STEM

    PhRMA, the organization that represents American pharmaceutical companies, has released a new report on how strengthening America’s standing in STEM is “critical to continued scientific and technological innovation.” The report is well worth reading and anyone interested in STEM should head over to PhRMA.org to download a copy. (Full disclosure: the report was authored by Battelle’s Technology Practice… Read More

  • Quality STEM Programs: How Do We Know When We See One?

    by Margaret Ashida, director of the STEMxTM network One of the primary goals of the Kentucky STEMx™ Network is to define and support the characteristics of highly effective STEM initiatives. To this end, a network team embarked upon a study of other STEMx states’ design and school rubrics en route to creating a draft Kentucky STEM… Read More

  • Symposium on science standards draws 30 states!

    by Margaret Ashida, director of the STEMxTM network Last week I joined more than 250 leaders in science, education and assessment at a national Invitational Research Symposium on Science Assessment.  Over 30 states brought teams to our nation’s capital to engage with academia, industry and government on the goal of improved student assessment and achievement, pertaining… Read More

  • STEM on the Move by Margaret Ashida

    STEM education helps students succeed in school and find (or create) great jobs when they graduate. Paired with innovation at the local level, states are leading the way on STEM. The State of Washington’s House and Senate made this clear last week with strong bipartisan support for comprehensive STEM legislation requested by Governor Jay Inslee.… Read More

  • The STEMx™ Network Announces Hire of First Executive Director

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    We are thrilled to announce that our very own network council chair, Margaret Ashida, has been selected as the new STEMx™ director. “We couldn’t be happier to have Margaret join us at the STEMx™ network. She brings with her a wealth of experience in STEM that will help put the network on a path toward incredible impact and growth,” said… Read More

  • Welcome to the new STEMx™ website!

    Since our launch in June 2012, we have moved steadily forward to achieve the goal we set before ourselves at the inception of the STEMx™ network: to transform STEM education in the states, by the states. This transformation, just like the transformation of our website, is a thoughtful evolution where each iteration strives to be better… Read More

  • Exploring New Frontiers in Online Learning

    Thinking outside of the box is a hallmark of the STEMx™ network — and Battelle. What could be more out-of-the-box than providing high school credit to students who take colleges courses through the web? That’s just what students at Reynoldsburg, Ohio’s eSTEM Academy are going to be able to do this year, thanks to Udacity. Reynoldsburg eSTEM is one of… Read More