• Help choose the name of the next Mars rover

    NASA’s next robotic explorer to the Red Planet has many things. A ride to space: Launching July 2020 on an Atlas V rocket and landing in February 2021 A new, expanded rover design: 2,300 pounds of engineering and science equipment A mission: To answer key questions about the potential for life on Mars The one thing it’s missing? A name! Currently, the rover’s called “Mars 2020” but that’s a placeholder. This fall, it’s time christen the new rover with its final name for the history books. Battelle and Future Engineers are working with NASA on the Mars 2020 “Name the Rover” contest. Students can’t submit names quite yet, the portal to sign up to become a judge is ready and waiting… Read More

  • How Techbridge Girls aims to reach 1 million young women with quality STEM opportunities

    Some children in high-poverty communities might not have easy access to quality STEM educational programming and the mentorship needed to stick with a STEM educational path. This can be especially true for disadvantaged girls. Helping to even the educational playing field is the goal of Techbridge Girls. The organization, with offices in three U.S. locations, creates and delivers STEM programs to K-12 girls from low-income… Read More

  • Greater than STEM, Episode 3 – Foster Care

    What happens when a student doesn’t have a safe place to call home? And what can we do to support those students when they’re at school? High-schooler Ryan Bass tackles this problem with his family. Together, they’ve fostered almost a dozen youths in Northeast Ohio. We’ll learn more about how foster care works from Lucy… Read More

  • Arkansas calls on states to advance computer science education

    STEMx member state Arkansas will host key advocates for computer science in just two weeks. The summit builds on years of advances in computer science education in the state. Last June, we talked to Anthony Owen, Arkansas’s State Director of Computer Science: Governor, teachers and others back Arkansas’s computer science push. Then, he told us “Arkansas… Read More

  • Greater than STEM, Episode 2 – Food Insecurity

    Fifteen million U.S. households were food-insecure in 2017, according to the United States Department of Agriculture Economic Research Service. This week on Greater Than STEM, we speak with Ana, a 6th grade student and Michelle Moskowitz Brown of Local Matters, a community garden advocacy organization. These two share a love of food, gardening and family, but have… Read More

  • Webinar: How to build mentor systems for STEM teachers

    June 6, 2019: 3-4 pm EST Register Across the United States, many schools face the same problem, year after year: finding math and science teachers. One of the solutions to this problem is to train more teachers. The other solution is to retain educators that are already in the system. Could connecting these educators to… Read More

  • Three facts about the TVA Mini-grants, now expanded to seven states!

    Tennessee Valley Authority, in partnership with Bicentennial Volunteers Incorporated (a TVA retiree organization), announced awards earlier in late March of over $580,000 in grants to educators in public schools to develop STEM education projects across the Tennessee Valley. Most awarded funds support teachers in Tennessee, but thanks to a partnership to expand the grant through… Read More

  • Greater than STEM, Episode 1 – Ocean Pollution

    This week on Greater Than STEM, we have our first student interview. We talk to Abby, a student from Northeast Ohio who is a self-proclaimed “ocean-hugger.” What is an ocean-hugger? How does that passion grow in a student from Ohio (a state with rather limited access to oceans)? Listen for answers to those questions and more on Episode 1 – Ocean Pollution.… Read More

  • STEMx Scoop 2.0: Spotlighting national opportunities

    by Wes Hall, Director of STEMx Today, we’re excited to relaunch the STEMx Scoop, our monthly newsletter highlighting grants, conferences, and other important developments in STEM. (If you didn’t receive this first issue, sign up here). One big change to the format: We’re opening up submissions to anyone who completes this simple form to share… Read More

  • ThinSat pushes students to reach for the stars

    Space exploration usually makes for intriguing and exciting STEM curriculum. Reading and wondering about what’s far above our heads can be, well, heady stuff. But actually completing a class project that sends a payload into space – that’s way out of our reach, right? Not so for one Virginia teacher and her students. They participated… Read More