• Help choose the name of the next Mars rover

    NASA’s next robotic explorer to the Red Planet has many things. A ride to space: Launching July 2020 on an Atlas V rocket and landing in February 2021 A new, expanded rover design: 2,300 pounds of engineering and science equipment A mission: To answer key questions about the potential for life on Mars The one thing it’s missing? A name! Currently, the rover’s called “Mars 2020” but that’s a placeholder. This fall, it’s time christen the new rover with its final name for the history books. Battelle and Future Engineers are working with NASA on the Mars 2020 “Name the Rover” contest. Students can’t submit names quite yet, the portal to sign up to become a judge is ready and waiting… Read More

  • How Techbridge Girls aims to reach 1 million young women with quality STEM opportunities

    Some children in high-poverty communities might not have easy access to quality STEM educational programming and the mentorship needed to stick with a STEM educational path. This can be especially true for disadvantaged girls. Helping to even the educational playing field is the goal of Techbridge Girls. The organization, with offices in three U.S. locations, creates and delivers STEM programs to K-12 girls from low-income… Read More

  • Arkansas calls on states to advance computer science education

    STEMx member state Arkansas will host key advocates for computer science in just two weeks. The summit builds on years of advances in computer science education in the state. Last June, we talked to Anthony Owen, Arkansas’s State Director of Computer Science: Governor, teachers and others back Arkansas’s computer science push. Then, he told us “Arkansas… Read More

  • Webinar: How to build mentor systems for STEM teachers

    June 6, 2019: 3-4 pm EST Register Across the United States, many schools face the same problem, year after year: finding math and science teachers. One of the solutions to this problem is to train more teachers. The other solution is to retain educators that are already in the system. Could connecting these educators to… Read More

  • STEMx Scoop 2.0: Spotlighting national opportunities

    by Wes Hall, Director of STEMx Today, we’re excited to relaunch the STEMx Scoop, our monthly newsletter highlighting grants, conferences, and other important developments in STEM. (If you didn’t receive this first issue, sign up here). One big change to the format: We’re opening up submissions to anyone who completes this simple form to share… Read More

  • 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… 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

  • 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