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…

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.

2017-2018 Nature Works Everywhere Grant Now Open

The Nature Conservancy will be awarding grants to support projects that implement green infrastructure to address local environmental challenges.  Grants of $2,000 will be awarded to 60 public or charter schools across the United States.   A Nature Works Everywhere project empowers students and teachers to work together to create and implement their own solutions to environmental challenges in their communities. Whether addressing issues surrounding access to healthy food, air quality, urban heat island effect, or stormwater collection, youth are empowered as social innovators to model solutions in their school communities through design and implementation.  Applications must be submitted online by…

STEM Starts Early

STEM Starts Early: Grounding Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Education in Early Childhood,” published by the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop and New America and supported by a National Science Foundation grant reports that children who engage in scientific activities at an early age (between birth and age 8) develop positive attitudes toward science, build up their STEM vocabularies and do better at problem solving, meeting challenges and acquiring new skills.  Along with their findings, researchers offer several recommendations including engaging parents, supporting teacher professional development, and increasing resources.  Full Report

Congressional App Challenge

From July 18 through November 2, 2016, students in Rhode Island are invited to design an app for mobile, tablet, or personal computers on a platform of their choice and submit them via the Congressional App Challenge website.  Established in 2013, the Congressional App Challenge is a nationwide event open to all students who have not yet graduated high school. The competition encourages students to get involved in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields. Students are allowed to compete individually or in teams of up to four people. In addition to submitting an app for the Congressional App…

CTE Makeover Challenge

Acting Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. recently announced the Career Technical Education (CTE) Makeover Challenge which is offering high school students the opportunity to design their own makerspace. Ten winning schools will be awarded $200,000 to help with the realization of their ideas. The deadline to submit interest is April 1st.  Read more:

New Computer Science Initiative in Rhode Island – CS4RI

Governor Raimondo announced a new initiative on March 7th to expand computer science learning for all public school students. Computer Science for Rhode Island (CS4RI) is a partnership between the Office of Innovation at Rhode Island College, the Rhode Island STEM Center, Rhode Island Department of Education, computer science providers and the business community to bring CS learning opportunities to all Rhode Island schools by Fall 2017.  Read more

Public Review Period for K-12 Computer Science Standards

The Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) invites teachers, curriculum supervisors, administrators, business leaders and the broad education and business communities to review the K-12 Computer Science (CS) Standards and offer feedback.   The CS standards include computer science learning objectives to guide/inform teachers and administrators in the design and implementation of CS activities integrated into existing curriculum and as stand-alone courses. The CSTA K-12 CS Standards were originally published in 2011 and scheduled for a routine revision in 2015-2016.  The public review period will open on February 16 and will close on March 3, 2016.  Read more

Securing Our Future: Closing the Cybersecurity Talent Gap

Raytheon and the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) commissioned Securing Our Future: Closing the Cyber Talent Gap, a survey to understand the career interests and educational preparedness of millennials (ages 18 to 26) in 12 countries around the world. Results from the October 2015 survey indicate that millennials aren’t acutely aware of cybersecurity job opportunities but they are generally interested. Schools are also not preparing young adults for these jobs, and there is a gap within the gap, with females less interested and informed about careers in cybersecurity than their male counterparts. Read more.

Revisiting the STEM Workforce

The National Science Board’s Revisiting the STEM Workforce is a companion policy report to the Science and Engineering Indicators 2014. The report provides a data-driven overview of the U.S. workforce and offers key insights that are aimed at helping government, education, and business leaders make more informed decisions about how to maintain a strong, STEM workforce. Primary insights include: The “STEM workforce” is extensive and critical to innovation and competitiveness. It is also defined in various ways and is made up of many sub-workforces. STEM knowledge and skills enable multiple, dynamic pathways to STEM and non-STEM occupations alike. Assessing, enabling,…