• STEMx Network Thriving, Adds Members in Florida and Maryland

    The STEMx network, a coast-to-coast coalition of organizations advancing STEM, has added two new members: the Northeast Florida Regional STEM2 Hub and the Maryland State Department of Education. In Florida, the Northeast Florida Regional STEM2 Hub’s focus is on accelerating the growth of STEM education and careers. Hub Start-up Executive Director, Wanyonyi Kendrick, brings her perspective as a former CIO to these efforts. The Northeast Florida Regional STEM2 Hub’s first education initiatives include bringing code.org curriculum to every school in its region and ensuring STEM after-school clubs are funded at a similar level to sports clubs. The hub wants to ensure Northeast Florida teachers receive stipends and professional development for leading STEM clubs. “Computer science puts students on the path toward some of the highest paying, fastest growing jobs in… Read More

  • Let’s get coding

    Two years ago, Hadi Partovi and his brother Ali brought together top leaders in tech like Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates to issue a simple call. They asked people to spend just one hour coding, getting an introduction to the computer languages that much of the modern world relies on. Today, the “Hour of Code”… Read More

  • Try out the STEMx Sustainability Compass

    By Margaret Ashida Today we announced the STEMx™ Sustainability Compass at a national Change the Equation summit in Washington, D.C. Co-developed with Education First and Battelle, this online tool is designed to help state STEM networks understand if they are on a path to sustainability. A compass is an essential tool in wilderness survival. And… Read More

  • The Idea of Integrated STEM

    by Margaret Ashida, director of the STEMx network If you ask five people to define STEM education, you’ll probably get five different answers.  The reality is there is no single definition!  The STEMx network thinks about it this way: STEM 1.0 = the acronym for the disciplines of science, technology, engineering and mathematics – each… Read More

  • Quick thoughts for Code.org

    by Margaret Ashida, director of the STEMx network Today, I’ll be on a call with some of the great folks leading Code.org. So, it’s a great reason to post a quick walkthrough of what the STEMx network does and why we do it. Mission: connect state networks and education stakeholders to accelerate the growth of policies,… Read More

  • Report calls promise of STEM “tantalizing”

    by Margaret Ashida, director of the STEMx network The National Academy of Engineering and the National Research Council has released findings on STEM Integration in K-12 Education: Status, Prospects, and an Agenda for Research.  Based upon a two-year study by an NAE/NRC Committee, the report provides a descriptive framework, explores design implications and implementation context suggested… Read More

  • Pharmaceutical industry issues call to action on STEM

    PhRMA, the organization that represents American pharmaceutical companies, has released a new report on how strengthening America’s standing in STEM is “critical to continued scientific and technological innovation.” The report is well worth reading and anyone interested in STEM should head over to PhRMA.org to download a copy. (Full disclosure: the report was authored by Battelle’s Technology Practice… Read More

  • STEMmobile school tour stops in state capital

    Policy-makers in Nashville will get a chance to see STEM education up close today as the STEMmobile, a mobile STEM laboratory of the Tennessee STEM Innovation Network, is on exhibit at Nashville’s legislative plaza. On a brief break from its tour of schools across 20 counties in rural Tennessee, the STEMmobile will be in Nashville… Read More

  • Symposium on science standards draws 30 states!

    by Margaret Ashida, director of the STEMxTM network Last week I joined more than 250 leaders in science, education and assessment at a national Invitational Research Symposium on Science Assessment.  Over 30 states brought teams to our nation’s capital to engage with academia, industry and government on the goal of improved student assessment and achievement, pertaining… Read More

  • Big news for Battelle!

    Aimee Kennedy has just been announced as the next Vice President for Education at STEM Learning at Battelle. Currently the leader of Metro Early College, a principal-in-residence at Battelle and a nationally recognized voice in education, Aimee will bring her talents to lead the entire scope of Battelle’s education efforts including BattelleEd, the organization that… Read More