• 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 to aid STEM leaders in addressing a particular issue. All three hosted one or more meeting to confront and implement a change on their identified concern. They each also wrote up brief summaries of their efforts. We believe the ideas shared will provide more resources for advancing quality STEM experiences for every student. Today, we’re sharing a brief summary of each state’s efforts and their… Read More

  • Reminder: Proposals due for managing national science competition, plus student quotes

    The deadline approaches for applications from experienced organizations to lead one of the nation’s premier STEM research competitions. Through the Junior Science and Humanities Symposium, thousands of high school students across the nation present their research projects and compete for scholarship prizes. The regional winners are then invited to a national symposium, to compete for even… 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

  • RFP Released: Junior Science and Humanities Symposium

    Over fifty years ago, the “Junior Science and Humanities Symposium” (JSHS) held its first national competition, sponsored by the U.S. Army. The Navy and Air Force quickly joined the team, making JSHS the premier high school STEM symposium sponsored by the Department of Defense. Now, Battelle and the Tri-Service partnership is looking for an experienced… Read More

  • Decades later, National Science Foundation’s past still guides grants today

    No matter where you are in the STEM education world, it always seems like the National Science Foundation is just around the corner. Everyone knows that they support cutting edge scientific research, but since when have they been involved in STEM education?  The short answer? About 70 years.  The National Science Foundation was established by Congress through the National Science Foundation Act of… Read More

  • Challenge Grant: Catalytic change rallies South Carolina leaders

    In June, STEMx awarded Challenge Grants to its members in three states so that each could hold a meeting (or series of meetings) on a pressing STEM education issue. One grant winner, South Carolina’s Coalition for Mathematics & Science (SCCMS), used its $15,000 award to host the Grand Challenges in SC STEM Summit on Oct.… Read More

  • Celebrating Colorado teachers and schools with The Succeeds Prize

    Many states and local districts honor outstanding schools and teachers. But those that win The Succeeds Prize will really hit the jackpot. The Succeeds Prize, which celebrates outstanding schools and innovative teaching in Colorado, is sponsored by Colorado Succeeds, a nonprofit, nonpartisan coalition of business leaders focused on improving the state’s education system. To find… Read More

  • New member: STEMx welcomes Arkansas!

    STEMx is welcoming a new member — the Arkansas Public School Resource Center (APSRC). To find out more about the center, its accomplishments and future projects, we contacted Dr. Lisa W. Todd, director of education at the organization, based in Little Rock: Q: Tell us about the Arkansas Public School Resource Center and its mission.… Read More

  • Webinar: Working with the Army on STEM outreach

    August 16, 2017: 4-5 pm EST Register The Army Education Outreach Program, or AEOP, is the Army’s platform for advancing STEM education and literacy through STEM experiences, internships and competitions. From solar car competitions to bringing teachers into military research facilities, the program is very broad. More than 31,000 participants benefited from AEOP just last… Read More

  • Why Amgen, a biotech company, backs a new report on high school lab science

    student in lab

    More than a decade ago, a groundbreaking report looked at the learning taking place in high school science labs. America’s Lab Report: Investigations in High School Science (2005) — with multiple national science agencies as contributors — examined the effectiveness of such laboratory experiences. The report helped science educators shape their lessons by linking various… Read More