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Idaho Uses STEMworks to Fund STEM Professional Development

August 23, 2016

Does your program offer professional development for STEM teachers? Are you ready to help teachers in Idaho? If so, the Idaho STEM Action Center might have a grant for you.

The Idaho STEM Action Center is the latest partner in our efforts to help states identify and expand the nation's best STEM education programs. It will join leading STEM organizations in states like Colorado, Indiana, Iowa and Michigan in using CTEq's rigorous STEMworks review process to find programs that are most likely to make a difference for America's youth.

Tags: STEMworks, teachers

New Data: Bridging the Computer Science Access Gap

August 9, 2016

What’s wrong with the following picture? Jobs in computing are widespread, they are multiplying far faster than in other fields, and they pay much more, yet only 22 percent of U.S. 12th-graders say they have ever taken a computer programming class. More than half couldn’t take such a class if they wanted to, because their high schools don’t offer any. Students of color, low-income students, and rural students fare worst of all.   

Tags: computer science, science, education

Education: the Big Issue Few People Are Talking About

August 3, 2016

By some measures, jobs have come roaring back since the recession, but that hasn’t been good news for everyone in the workforce. The plight of tens of millions of Americans who have not shared in the recovery has become a major theme in this turbulent election cycle. 

Tags: jobs & workforce

New Study: Lower Teacher Pay Linked to Lower Math Skills

July 27, 2016

If we want better teachers, then we need better incentives to teach. That is one big takeaway from a new study of teachers’ skills in 23 developed nations. Here are the study’s findings in a nutshell:

Tags: math, teachers

Colorado Partners Bring New Programs into STEMworks

July 25, 2016

Congratulations to five STEM education programs that have distinguished themselves as among the best programs serving Colorado's children and youth! Colorado Technology Association (CTA) and Colorado Education Initiative (CEI) used our rigorous STEMworks application and review process to identify two new programs for STEMworks and strengthen the standing of two others.

Tags: STEMworks

STEMworks Comes to Michigan!

July 11, 2016

Last week, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder signed into law a bill that adopts CTEq’s STEMworks as a critical standard for quality in his state. The MiSTEM Advisory Council will use our rigorous, independent STEMworks review process to identify the state’s most effective STEM programs and then scale them with state funds.

Are We There Yet?

July 6, 2016

After a trip of nearly 1.74 billion miles lasting 5 years, scientists nationwide can be forgiven for anxiously asking “Are we there yet?” about Juno’s entry into polar orbit around Jupiter. The silence during the 48 minute delay—the amount of time it takes for Juno to communicate with Earth—must have been deafening as those on the ground had no way of knowing if the spacecraft had slowed sufficiently to respond to the enormous tug of Jupiter’s gravitational pull.

Tags: science, video

Marine Science Careers in Brooklyn?

June 29, 2016

In 2012, Hurricane Sandy offered a stark reminder that New York City is in fact on the sea. According to a fascinating article in Chalkbeat New York, a group of teachers in Brooklyn aims to turn that fact into an asset for schools. Their efforts reveal important insights about the need to give young people pathways to STEM careers.

Tags: science, jobs & workforce

Teens: The Unacknowledged Experts in Science Education

June 20, 2016

In education policy circles, we spend so much time talking about young people that we sometimes forget to listen to them. Young people can have critical insights on schools and learning that escape the researchers and policy wonks. As we adults struggle to reform science education, we could stand to learn a great deal from students who, after all, have the most to gain from our efforts.

Tags: science

Fulfilling the Promise of the Maker Movement

June 19, 2016

The Maker Movement has been described as an “entrepreneurial uprising,” and it's not hard to understand why. As makerspaces across the country create easy access to high-tech tools like laser cutters and 3-D printers, anyone with scant capital and ample ideas can invent the next best thing. Anyone, that is, who is truly literate in technology and engineering.

Tags: engineering, technology

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