• 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 House was required to publish this plan. Congress mandated the publication of “five-year STEM strategic plans” in the America COMPETES Act of 2010. That mandate, though, doesn’t specify how the plan should be written. I’ve had some brief time to review what’s been produced and see many opportunities for members to engage. In short, the writing team put in the work to make this document reflective… 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

  • 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

  • Governor, teachers and others back Arkansas’s computer science push

    How did Arkansas become a national leader in promoting and implementing a K-12 computer science curriculum? According to Anthony A. Owen, chief state STEM officer and state director of computer science education with the Arkansas Department of Education in Little Rock, many factors came together: a governor who passionately promotes CS in schools, business and… Read More

  • National news round-up: White House Summit, NSF panel, Army program RFP

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    The last few weeks have been a whirlwind of events on the national STEM scene. Here’s a rundown of three items STEM members should be aware of. White House State-Federal STEM Education Summit In June, we shared that STEMx members would be well-represented at a new summit on STEM, hosted by the White House. The meeting was held to lay the groundwork… Read More

  • “Anyone can be an entrepreneur” with help of U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

    As STEM educators and supporters of STEM schools, you work with the inventors of the future — your students. What do you tell a student who has drawn up plans for a promising innovation? What’s the next step? How did the great U.S. inventors grapple with the triumphs and failures of innovating and still persevere?… Read More

  • STEMx to be represented at White House summit

    As the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy begins to re-frame a new STEM Education Strategic Plan, Director Wes Hall will be in the room, representing STEMx. Read the full post from Battelle announcing the participation of STEMx and other Battelle networks in the meeting. Battelle STEM Experts to Attend White House Meeting Science,… Read More

  • STEM that’s really out of this world: NASA’s “Year of Education on Station”

    Teachers can often feel as if their heads are spinning. But at least one teacher is truly spinning, or orbiting, Earth right now. His name is Ricky Arnold, and he is the second consecutive teacher-astronaut on the International Space Station during this school year. To celebrate these two intrepid educators — and all educators who… Read More