• 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 between TVA and TVA’s retiree group, the Bicentennial Volunteers Incorporated. In addition to Tennessee, teachers in Kentucky, Virginia, North Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, and Mississippi are all eligible to apply, if their school is serviced by one of TVA’s power distributors. This will be the first multi-state funding offered through STEMx directly to classroom educators and we’re very excited.  (See the map below, click to enlarge,… 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

  • 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… 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