• Battelle NEON STEM Grant offers educators a chance to work with national environmental data

    In 2016, Battelle began operating the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) under an agreement with the National Science Foundation. NEON provides open, standardized ecological data from across the United States, including Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico. Now, to challenge educators to use NEON data in their K-12 STEM programming, Battelle has announced the Battelle NEON STEM Grant. Educators can submit grant proposals for lessons that would use NEON data for topics ranging from climate change to animal population movements and much more. Final grant proposals are due by 5 p.m. EDT on Oct. 31, with awards announced in December. Technical assistance webinars will be held on October 10 and 22. So, what kind of data is on the NEON site and how might teachers incorporate it into their curriculums? For answers, we contacted Kelli Shrewsberry, executive director of the Teaching & Learning… Read More

  • Conrad Challenge combines STEM and entrepreneurism, open for teams

    Nancy Conrad is a former teacher, a recognized leader in transformative education, and founder of the Conrad Challenge, a competition that combines STEM education and a spirit of entrepreneurism to unleash students’ potential to change the world. At the Conrad Challenge Innovation Summit 2019, 35 teams from around the world were brought to the Kennedy Space… Read More

  • Help choose the name of the next Mars rover

    NASA’s next robotic explorer to the Red Planet has many things. A ride to space: Launching July 2020 on an Atlas V rocket and landing in February 2021 A new, expanded rover design: 2,300 pounds of engineering and science equipment A mission: To answer key questions about the potential for life on Mars The one… Read More

  • How Techbridge Girls aims to reach 1 million young women with quality STEM opportunities

    Some children in high-poverty communities might not have easy access to quality STEM educational programming and the mentorship needed to stick with a STEM educational path. This can be especially true for disadvantaged girls. Helping to even the educational playing field is the goal of Techbridge Girls. The organization, with offices in three U.S. locations, creates and delivers STEM programs to K-12 girls from low-income… Read More

  • Army Education Outreach Program seeks partners for grant to broaden participation

    The Army Education Outreach Program, or AEOP, is the Army’s platform for advancing STEM education and literacy through STEM experiences, internships and competitions. AEOP, through its cooperative agreement with Battelle, has opened a formal Request for Information as it seeks like-minded organizations and associations which can connect students with AEOP programs. If you know or… Read More

  • The Connectory: “The go-to place for parents” to discover STEM learning

    Building a better national STEM network for the benefit of girls and their careers is the goal of the National Girls Collaborative Project. The project aims to increase access to resources and share best practices, among other goals. One of the project’s major online efforts is The Connectory, which works to connect families to STEM… Read More

  • Register to be a judge for the 2019 Conrad Challenge

    The Conrad Challenge tasks students between the ages of 13-18 to become entrepreneurs and solve worldwide problems. The program, which combines an online application and in-person competitive presentation, develops creative entrepreneurs through hands-on STEM experiences. Nancy Conrad, who founded the competition, is a friend of STEMx and Battelle and joined us for a webinar in September.… Read More

  • Real-world learning program connects students with military engineers and naval academy

    Taking part in a summer STEM program is a great way for students to challenge themselves between academic years and keep their minds engaged. Imagine the challenge of taking such a short course at the U.S. Naval Academy. Rising high school students can apply for the rigorous, week-long camp where they will “create, build and… Read More

  • Computing grants, mobile museum, STEM fest and more drive success in Utah

    A lot has been happening with STEM in Utah since our conversation in 2016. The Utah STEM Action Center, based in Salt Lake City, has created a strategic plan, awarded computing partnership grants and launched a Mobile STEM Museums project — and that’s just a sampling of its accomplishments. In addition, the center will sponsor the… Read More

  • New insights into decoding girls future in an age of social media

    In late 2017, a groundbreaking national survey was released that aimed to reveal American girls’ thoughts, behaviors and attitudes. The report, titled “The Girls’ Index: New Insights into the Complex World of Today’s Girls,” sampled 10,678 female youths ages 10 to 18 from across the country on issues such as confidence, body image, friendships, pressure,… Read More