• 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

  • 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

  • Podcast “Rural Matters” talks small towns and computer science with STEMx members

    STEM schools are working hard to make a difference for rural America’s students, offering myriad learning opportunities for young people living outside our nation’s big cities. But how are rural STEM schools doing in providing computer science education? That was the topic of a recent “Rural Matters” podcast, hosted by Michelle Rathman. For the podcast,… Read More

  • Real-world learning program connects students with military engineers and naval academy

    Taking part in a summer STEM program is a great way for students to challenge themselves between academic years and keep their minds engaged. Imagine the challenge of taking such a short course at the U.S. Naval Academy. Rising high school students can apply for the rigorous, week-long camp where they will “create, build and… Read More

  • Computing grants, mobile museum, STEM fest and more drive success in Utah

    A lot has been happening with STEM in Utah since our conversation in 2016. The Utah STEM Action Center, based in Salt Lake City, has created a strategic plan, awarded computing partnership grants and launched a Mobile STEM Museums project — and that’s just a sampling of its accomplishments. In addition, the center will sponsor the… Read More

  • New insights into decoding girls future in an age of social media

    In late 2017, a groundbreaking national survey was released that aimed to reveal American girls’ thoughts, behaviors and attitudes. The report, titled “The Girls’ Index: New Insights into the Complex World of Today’s Girls,” sampled 10,678 female youths ages 10 to 18 from across the country on issues such as confidence, body image, friendships, pressure,… Read More