• Welcome new director

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    Please join Battelle Education & STEMx in welcoming Michael Feder, Ph.D., to the role of National STEMx Relationship Manager. Michael comes from a small town in northeast Pennsylvania near Scranton and received his Bachelor’s Degree from Pennsylvania State University. Since moving to Washington, DC over 15 years ago, he has provided education policy guidance to a wide range of stakeholders such as the federal government, private industry, K-12 school districts, colleges, and science rich institutions. He most recently served as the senior program officer for the Board on Science Education (BOSE) of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. With the Board on Science Education he managed consensus studies on a broad range of issues including informal STEM education, K-12… Read More

  • 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… 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

  • Sad news

    Update: Here’s the website set up by Margaret’s family: http://www.forevermissed.com/margaret-ashida/ Over the weekend, Margaret Ashida, Executive Director of STEMx, passed away. The education community has lost a leading advocate. Her work includes an impressive list of leadership positions in organizations across the country, and credentials from elite universities. Her industry expertise and commitment to excellent STEM education… Read More

  • To Congress: Reauthorize the Perkins Act

    Today we joined over 200 businesses and other organizations in writing to Congress to urge reauthorization of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act (Perkins). Together, we recommended that the reauthorization include alignment of career tech programs to labor market needs; support collaboration between secondary and postsecondary institutions and employers; increase student participation in… 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