First Works Virtual Learning Series

In partnership with Steer PVD, FirstWorks is creating new ways for the arts to propel learning as Rhode Island schools, teachers and parents work to continue educating students through online, distance learning. The FirstWorks Education Program specifically links to core curriculum by tethering the arts to traditional academics such as English Language Arts (ELA), Science, Social Studies, and through STEAM and STEM focused learning. Visit this page every week to download a new digital learning resource which will include unique video content featuring world class artists. Accompanying activities and assignments will be aligned to core curricula standards.

The Learning Toolbox

The Exploratorium, a hands-on museum in San Francisco developed a new website, The Learning Toolbox, which features free science activities and materials addressing timely topics around the novel coronavirus, as well as general science support for virtual classrooms and at-home learning. The Covid-19 Science section answers questions about viruses and public health recommendations with supporting hands-on activities and videos. The Learning at Home section provides curated collections of Exploratorium online resources that support science learning wherever you are.  The Exploratorium believes that learning through evidence and experience can give people the tools to understand natural phenomena, whether it’s a viral…

BioEd Online

Baylor College of Medicine is offering a set of hands-on K-12 activities, grouped by grade level, that will enable parents and children to remain engaged in STEM learning until school operations return to normal. We call this collection STEM @Home. The lessons were selected specifically because they are easy to use at home, and provide high-quality STEM content without the need for specialized training, equipment or materials. We welcome you to investigate our STEM @Home activities, and to explore the entire BioEd Online website for accurate, free STEM educational materials.

2019 Rhode Island STEAM Education Leader Award

Kelly Kerwin, 3-8 STEM Coach in the Pawtucket School Department has been named the 2019 Rhode Island STEAM Education Leader.  The award recognizes a teacher who has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to STEAM – Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts + design, Mathematics – education.  STEAM education adds arts + design (A) to the traditional science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. STEAM acknowledges the important role design thinking and creativity play in innovative solutions to problems and in the development of new ideas. Ms. Kerwin was selected through a competitive process that was open to all full-time, licensed K-12 teachers in…

2019 New England Extreme Redesign 3D Printing Challenge

AET Labs, Stratasys & GrabCAD are pleased to present the 5th annual New England Extreme Redesign 3D Printing Challenge. The 2019 “People’s Choice” semi-final event honors students from Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maine, Rhode Island, Vermont & Connecticut who are entering the global Extreme Redesign Challenge, or are simply looking to compete on a local level. The challenge invites students to redesign an existing product to improve how a task is accomplished, or design something entirely new that addresses an unmet need. This is a quest to find the most creative, mechanically sound, and realistically achievable design using 3D printing. This year’s winning…

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.

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.

The Roots of STEM Success

The Center for Childhood Creativity at the Bay Area Discovery Museum has released the report, The Roots of STEM Success: Changing Early Learning Experiences to Build Lifelong Thinking Skills, which finds that children are capable of remarkable problem solving from the earliest of years.  Based on the review of more than 150 empirical studies from cognitive and developmental psychology and education, they found: 1) STEM thinking begins in infancy; 2) To become strong STEM thinkers, children need more play; 3) STEM amplifies language development; language enables STEM thinking: 4) Active, self-directed learning builds STEM skills and interest; 5) Mindset matters to STEM…

In Japan, the Rise of the Machines Solves Labor and Productivity

Photo caption: An automated lift moves an elderly at a private nursing home in Chiba Photographer: Kiyoshi Ota/Bloomberg The rise of the machines in the workplace has U.S. and European experts predicting massive unemployment and tumbling wages. Not in Japan, where robots are welcomed by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s government.   His government launched a five-year push to deepen the use of intelligent machines in manufacturing, supply chains, construction and health care, while expanding the robotics markets from 660 billion yen ($5.5 billion) to 2.4 trillion yen by 2020. Read more.