• San Diego Zoo Global offers more than fun for kids with teacher training

    For STEM teachers, keeping up with constant breakthroughs in their areas of expertise and translating those breakthroughs into classroom lessons can be daunting. Science teachers, in particular, continuously face this challenge as their field grows and changes. These educators wonder how to keep up, and where to go for accurate information and curriculum guidance. Local science centers and zoos often can offer assistance. One such source is San Diego Zoo Global, which provides science teachers nationwide the chance for hands-on experiences in wildlife and conservation research that can be carried back to the classroom. For more information on this professional development opportunity, we contacted Maggie Reinbold, Director of Community Engagement at the Institute for Conservation Research for San Diego Zoo Global, based in Escondido, California:  Q: Tell us about your training and experience in promoting conservation, and about your work at San Diego… 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

  • 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

  • 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