Building Blocks of STEM Act

  The Building Blocks of STEM Act was signed into law at the end of 2019.  This law modifies National Science Foundation (NSF) grant programs that support STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, including computer science) education. The bill specifies that NSF grants to increase the participation of underrepresented populations in STEM fields may be used for research into various subjects regarding female students in prekindergarten through elementary school, including the role of teachers and caregivers in encouraging or discouraging participation by such students in STEM activities, and the types of STEM activities that encourage greater participation by such students….

Frog Watch

The Roger Williams Park Zoo chapter of the AZA FrogWatch is currently recruiting new frog watchers! Frog Watch is a citizen science program that provides volunteers the opportunity to learn about wetlands in your community by reporting on the calls of local frogs and toads. A strong presence of frogs and toads is indicative a healthy habitat, hence why they are called “indicator species”.  Data collected shows that frogs and toads are disappearing at an alarming rate. The FrogWatch program serves to provide evidence of species distribution as well as identifying impacts of habitat loss and climate change. Volunteers are…