• New grant for educators in multi-state Tennessee Valley region

    The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) provides the electricity that serves nearly 10 million people in seven states and a range of other services. From 2012 to 2017, TVA sponsored grants for teachers and offered them through the Tennessee STEM Innovation Network. This year, the TVA Mini-Grant Program goes multi-state through STEMx and a new partnership between TVA and TVA’s retiree group, the Bicentennial Volunteers Incorporated. In addition to Tennessee, teachers in Kentucky, Virginia, North Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, and Mississippi are all eligible to apply, if their school is serviced by one of TVA’s power distributors. This will be the first multi-state funding offered through STEMx directly to classroom educators and we’re very excited.  (See the map below, click to enlarge,… Read More

  • New federal STEM plan released, first thoughts

    by Wes Hall, Director of STEMx On Tuesday, the White House released Charting a Course for Success: America’s Strategy for STEM Education (download), a new federal STEM education strategic plan intended to serve as a rallying point for the STEM community and to provide guidance for federal agencies that offer STEM funding opportunities. The White… Read More

  • Podcast “Rural Matters” talks small towns and computer science with STEMx members

    STEM schools are working hard to make a difference for rural America’s students, offering myriad learning opportunities for young people living outside our nation’s big cities. But how are rural STEM schools doing in providing computer science education? That was the topic of a recent “Rural Matters” podcast, hosted by Michelle Rathman. For the podcast,… Read More

  • Real-world learning program connects students with military engineers and naval academy

    Taking part in a summer STEM program is a great way for students to challenge themselves between academic years and keep their minds engaged. Imagine the challenge of taking such a short course at the U.S. Naval Academy. Rising high school students can apply for the rigorous, week-long camp where they will “create, build and… Read More

  • Computing grants, mobile museum, STEM fest and more drive success in Utah

    A lot has been happening with STEM in Utah since our conversation in 2016. The Utah STEM Action Center, based in Salt Lake City, has created a strategic plan, awarded computing partnership grants and launched a Mobile STEM Museums project — and that’s just a sampling of its accomplishments. In addition, the center will sponsor the… Read More

  • New insights into decoding girls future in an age of social media

    In late 2017, a groundbreaking national survey was released that aimed to reveal American girls’ thoughts, behaviors and attitudes. The report, titled “The Girls’ Index: New Insights into the Complex World of Today’s Girls,” sampled 10,678 female youths ages 10 to 18 from across the country on issues such as confidence, body image, friendships, pressure,… Read More

  • National Laboratory dispatches scientists to engage community

    How do America’s STEM scientists and researchers dismantle the “ivory tower” idea? What potentially game-changing breakthroughs are these dedicated men and women working on? Answering such questions is the aim of a program at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. The laboratory, a U.S. Department of Energy research facility operated by Battelle, is training some of… Read More

  • With Perkins Act signed, new changes and opportunities in career tech education

    In late July, President Donald Trump signed into law the reauthorization of the Perkins Act. Called Perkins V, the legislation authorizes federal funding to help increase access to high quality career and technical education for America’s students. To find out what’s in Perkins V, we contacted Advance CTE, a Silver Spring, Maryland-based organization that monitors… Read More

  • STEM group strives “to be best in class” through uniting its members

    The National Consortium of Secondary STEM Schools was established in 1988, “before STEM was STEM,” its leader says. Since that time, the group has been providing a forum for STEM high schools to share best practices and other information. We contacted Todd Mann, the organization’s executive director, for more insight on his group and its… Read More

  • 2017 STEMx Challenge Grant Impact Report

    Last year, we announced the 2017 STEMx Challenge Grants and proudly awarded South Carolina, New York and West Virginia. Each state received up to $15,00 to “develop solutions to pressing STEM education issues in their states that were relevant to all members, regardless of state or geographic location.” The intent of the challenge grants was… Read More