• 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 House was required to publish this plan. Congress mandated the publication of “five-year STEM strategic plans” in the America COMPETES Act of 2010. That mandate, though, doesn’t specify how the plan should be written. I’ve had some brief time to review what’s been produced and see many opportunities for members to engage. In short, the writing team put in the work to make this document reflective… 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

  • New Center for Equity in Learning at ACT focused on underserved or working learners

    With a goal of helping underserved and working learners achieve education and career success, ACT, the college-readiness testing organization, established its Center for Equity in Learning in June 2016. The center aims to examine and address barriers to opportunity for young people such as income, race, ethnicity and accessibility. To give us an overview of… Read More

  • STEMxchange 2018: Save the Date!

    The 2018 STEMxchange will take place on Tuesday & Wednesday, May 8-9, 2018 at the Nashville Airport Marriott in Nashville, Tennessee. This year, we’re excited to join the fourth annual Tennessee STEM Innovation Summit. The summit brings together leaders, innovators, and champions from across Tennessee who seek advance excellence in STEM education. Registration opens November… Read More

  • Large scale, long-term study concludes STEM schools work

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    Does attending an inclusive STEM-focused high school have long-term effects on students? A study conducted by SRI Education and George Washington University aims to find out. The iSTEM research project, with funding from the National Science Foundation, is touted as “the first large-scale controlled longitudinal study of the impacts of inclusive STEM high schools in… Read More

  • Four states, five new resources to grow your STEM network

    STEMx was created as a platform for connecting state STEM networks together to share breakthroughs and support each other. In February, we unveiled a new, searchable database of resources pulled from around the country. That database is growing. Throughout the year, a team of leaders from around the network met to evaluate potential resources. Today,… Read More

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

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    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

  • STEMx grant award winners will identify solutions to persistent STEM education challenges

    This spring, we launched the STEMx Challenge Grant Program to provides STEMx states with up to $15,000 to develop solutions to pressing STEM education issues. The Challenge Grants will not fund big new departments or long-running research studies. Instead, each of these modest awards will help the STEM education leaders implement and assess strategies for tackling… Read More

  • Three-year study evaluates STEM pilot in Arizona schools

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    Introducing and nurturing STEM programs in schools and districts where finances are tight can be challenging. What is the best way to accomplish this task? To test its theories on implementing and expanding STEM education, the Arizona STEM Network conducted a three-year study among selected rural schools and districts in its state. The results are… Read More

  • Coalition report released on out-of-school learning

    This post by James Brown is a cross-post from the STEM Education Coalition The STEM Education Coalition today publicly released “The Case for Investing in Out-of-School Learning as a Core Strategy in Improving Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Education.” This 10-page paper written for policymakers and education leaders makes a strong case for why… Read More