Makerspaces and Making Culture

Making Culture, a report released by the ExCITe (Expressive and Creative Interaction Technologies) Center at Drexel University is the first in-depth examination of K-12 education makerspaces nationwide.   Making Culture is the product of a year-long investigation visiting 30 K-12 education makerspaces across 12 metropolitan regions conducted through in-depth interviews with students, instructors, and leadership alongside observation and study of each space and its programs. This report reveals the significance of cultural aspects of making (student interests, real world relevance, and community collaboration) that enable learning. The research highlights how makerspaces foster a range of positive student learning outcomes, but also reflect…

Technovation RI Team Makes It to the Semifinals

Technovation Rhode Island senior division team “Code Trip” is officially a semifinalist for the Technovation World Pitch. Code Trip is mentored by East Greenwich High School Computer Science teacher Holly Eaves and is composed of three East Greenwich High School students — Katie Cretella, Morgan Prior, and Lauren Shanos. Code Trip is 1 of 19 US teams to make it to the semifinals. Code Trip’s app is titled “Easy Eats”. Easy Eats provides simple step-by-step recipe instructions that aim to increase the independence of those with intellectual disabilities. The app is cognizant of sensitivities of these individuals, which is why…

Rhode Island Computer Science Education Standards

On May The Rhode Island Council on Elementary and Secondary Education endorsed the new Rhode Island Computer Science Education Standards which identify the knowledge, practices, and skills in computer science (CS) that all students should know and be able to do at each level in their education.  They inform, encourage, and drive a sustainable computer science education program by creating realistic pathways and expectations for all students. The CS Education Standards Advisory Committee represented a broad range of expertise including elementary, middle, and high school teachers, district coordinators and administrators, higher education faculty, and industry professionals.  Experts in cybersecurity and…

The State of STEM

In the newly released report, The State of STEM: Defining the Landscape to Determine High-Impact Pathways for the Future Workforce, lead author and STEMconnector’s Senior Director of Product Development & Research, Erin White, conducted over 100 interviews, reviewed existing STEM research, and harnessed insight from STEMconnector members and leaders from all sectors of the STEM ecosystem to find meaningful opportunities for impact in developing the future workforce.  This comprehensive report helps define the landscape of the STEM ecosystem and offers recommended areas of focus for practice and investment to address the gaps in STEM talent. Read more.

National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Report

The report, Catalyzing Change in High School Mathematics: Initiating Critical Conversations, was released at the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics 2018 Annual Conference.  The purpose of the  report is to start the discussion about “meaningful and necessary” change in high school mathematics education.  Catalyzing Change emphasizes the need to expand professional opportunities for students and better prepare them to understand and critique the world.  Specific recommendations are given.  Read more.

STEM Education in the U.S.

ACT is a mission-driven, nonprofit organization dedicated to helping people achieve education and workplace success. Headquartered in Iowa City, Iowa, ACT is a leader in college and career readiness, providing high-quality assessments grounded in nearly 60 years of research. ACT’s annual Condition of STEM reports provide essential national data on student interest and achievement in STEM subjects. The latest report – STEM Education in the U.S.: Where We Are and What We Can Do – takes the data one step further by pairing the latest findings with promising practices aimed at improving STEM achievement and preparedness. These practices include examples…

Science Rising

Science Rising is a nationwide mobilization effort taking place throughout 2018 in the run-up to the midterm elections. It is not a one-day march—it is a series of local activities, events, and actions organized by many different groups.  Many activities are local events; others are online.  All activities are group-oriented, open to the public, and should have a way for participants to get involved in the issue being discussed. Fundraising may be a secondary aspect of an event but not the primary focus.  The shared goal is to ensure that science is front-and-center in the decision-making processes that affect us all—and…

New STEM Stamps

On April 6, 2018, four first-class stamps that pay tribute to the study of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) were released by the U.S. Postal Service (USPS). Each stamp features a collage of faces, symbols, drawings, and numbers that represent the complexity and interconnectedness of the STEM disciplines.  Baltimore artist Davide Plunkert worked with art director Antonio Alcala to create these stamps.  Read more.

Wavemaker Fellowship Application

Every year, talented graduates are faced with the decision of where to start their careers. The Wavemaker Fellowship provides a financial incentive for graduates pursuing a career or starting a business in Rhode Island in technology, engineering, design and other key sectors, by defraying student loan payments for up to four years. The program offers qualifying individuals a refundable Tax Credit Certificate worth the value of their annual student loan burden for up to four years. In addition to the financial benefit, Fellows are invited to participate in various personal and professional development programs, social and professional networking opportunities, community-based…

Perceptions of Science in America

The American Academy of Arts & Sciences has released Perceptions of Science in America: A Report from the Public Face of Science Initiative, the first in a three-year series that will examine the relationship between scientists and the public.   It compiles data from public opinion surveys on general attitudes about science such as confidence and trust in science and scientists. The goal of this report is to increase awareness among science communicators, advocates, and researchers so they can better understand their audiences when developing outreach programs, messaging strategies, and educational materials. By identifying gaps in the current understanding, this report…