• The Connectory: “The go-to place for parents” to discover STEM learning

    Building a better national STEM network for the benefit of girls and their careers is the goal of the National Girls Collaborative Project. The project aims to increase access to resources and share best practices, among other goals. One of the project’s major online efforts is The Connectory, which works to connect families to STEM providers. The director of The Connectory, Jolene Gustafson, agreed to share more information about it and the National Girls Collaborative Project: Q: Tell us about the National Girls Collaborative Project and your role in it. A: The National Girls Collaborative Project (NGCP) brings together organizations committed to informing and encouraging girls to pursue STEM careers. NGCP does this by maximizing access to shared resources across… Read More

  • Register to be a judge for the 2019 Conrad Challenge

    The Conrad Challenge tasks students between the ages of 13-18 to become entrepreneurs and solve worldwide problems. The program, which combines an online application and in-person competitive presentation, develops creative entrepreneurs through hands-on STEM experiences. Nancy Conrad, who founded the competition, is a friend of STEMx and Battelle and joined us for a webinar in September.… Read More

  • 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… 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