• 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 for an updated Federal 5-Year STEM Education Strategic Plan as required by the America COMPETES Act of 2010. Reflections from the meeting are in. Here’s what STEMx Director Wes Hall had to say: The Federal-State STEM Summit provided ample opportunities for state leaders to contribute perspectives and direction on priorities where the next federal-level STEM strategic plan should focus. I was excited and pleased to see… 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Astronaut to keynote May conference and STEMx sessions posted

    Our annual gathering, STEMxChange, is coming up in just a few weeks. Today, we’re announcing a new keynote. We’ll also detail the sessions that will make up the STEMx track. Our second keynote will be…Astronaut Joe Acaba! Joining Grant Imahara, he’ll address both STEMxChange and the Tennessee STEM Innovation Summit. Just over a month ago,… Read More

  • Here’s your primer on Pi Day!

    It’s Pi Day! And, we’re not talking about the dessert (but that’s worth celebrating, too). This Pi Day has to do with mathematical ratios — and it also happens to be a famous scientist’s birthday. Both are right in STEM’s wheelhouse, and both are worth noting. What’s a teacher to do to mark the dual… Read More

  • Focused on student success: Ainslie completes tenure at Indiana STEM Network

    After five-plus years leading the I-STEM Resource Network at Purdue University, Paul J. Ainslie stepped down as managing director in February. Since 2012, Ainslie had guided the network, which provides STEM curriculum and teacher professional development in Indiana as well as advocates for improved STEM education and resources for the state. In announcing his departure,… Read More

  • The Science of Curling

    This post was originally published by Battelle, which manages STEMx, and it’s too good not to share. Have you integrated curling (or any other Olympic sport) into your classroom? Please tell us about it in the comments below. At Battelle, we take science seriously. And, our researchers may take their hobbies just as seriously as… Read More

  • Volkswagen, state, and key local partners bring eLabs to many schools in Chattanooga

    At eight schools in Hamilton County, Tennessee, students can tackle a selected real-world problem, design a solution and fabricate that solution, all in their onsite Volkswagen eLab. The eight eLabs, which provide access to rapid prototyping technology, came about through a public-private partnership in the Chattanooga area. And, it was just announced that eight more… Read More