• ThinSat pushes students to reach for the stars

    Space exploration usually makes for intriguing and exciting STEM curriculum. Reading and wondering about what’s far above our heads can be, well, heady stuff. But actually completing a class project that sends a payload into space – that’s way out of our reach, right? Not so for one Virginia teacher and her students. They participated in a program called ThinSat, and after completing the work some in the group will be present to see their payload of data sensors launched on a rocket in April. Now that’s really out there! How did they do it? To find out, we contacted the teacher, Jane Carter, who gave us the nuts and bolts, so to speak. We also reached out to one… Read More

  • Pre-college scholarship helps dedicated students with financial need make the most of high school

    The best educators often look for ways to help academically talented but financially needy students realize their potential. Telling such students about the Young Scholars Program, sponsored by the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation of Lansdowne, Virginia, is one way to assist them. The program helps bright and motivated but financially strapped seventh-graders with scholarship aid,… Read More

  • STEMx sessions at upcoming forum in San Francisco

    The STEM Forum & Expo, hosted by NSTA, provides resources for educators and organizations seeking to learn more about STEM, outreach, partnerships, schools, and curricula. The event has been a powerful chance the state leaders that make up our network to connect and share ideas with educators from across the country. Tired of winter? We’ve got good… Read More

  • Army Education Outreach Program seeks partners for grant to broaden participation

    The Army Education Outreach Program, or AEOP, is the Army’s platform for advancing STEM education and literacy through STEM experiences, internships and competitions. AEOP, through its cooperative agreement with Battelle, has opened a formal Request for Information as it seeks like-minded organizations and associations which can connect students with AEOP programs. If you know or… 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

  • 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

  • Webinar: Students train as entrepreneurs to honor the legacy of astronaut Pete Conrad

    September 12, 2018: 4-5 p.m. (EST) Register To honor astronaut Pete Conrad, Nancy Conrad created a special yearly event open to students across the world. In September, Wes Hall will chat with Nancy about the program’s scope, impact, and how your students can get involved. The Conrad Challenge brings science and technology studies to life in… Read More