• Decades later, National Science Foundation’s past still guides grants today

    No matter where you are in the STEM education world, it always seems like the National Science Foundation is just around the corner. Everyone knows that they support cutting edge scientific research, but since when have they been involved in STEM education?  The short answer? About 70 years.  The National Science Foundation was established by Congress through the National Science Foundation Act of 1950 under Harry S. Truman. The foundation’s central function was “to develop and encourage the pursuit of a national policy for the promotion of basic research and education in the sciences.” Since that day in May, research and education were two sides of the same coin.  In the NSF’s first annual report, Chairman James Conant wrote that there must be “an intensive effort to discover latent scientific talent and provide for its adequate development.” He wrote about assisting… Read More

  • Challenge Grant: Catalytic change rallies South Carolina leaders

    In June, STEMx awarded Challenge Grants to its members in three states so that each could hold a meeting (or series of meetings) on a pressing STEM education issue. One grant winner, South Carolina’s Coalition for Mathematics & Science (SCCMS), used its $15,000 award to host the Grand Challenges in SC STEM Summit on Oct.… Read More

  • STEMx webinar: Creating successful STEM mentorship systems

    September 13, 2017: 4-5 p.m. (EST) Register Access to quality STEM mentors has been linked to student and teacher success.  Creating a process to develop, manage, and sustain mentorship relationships between STEM professionals and teachers and students isn’t easy. Tune in this month to learn about the steps being taken in New York and Utah… Read More

  • Teaching resources for the eclipse

    Total solar eclipses aren’t too rare, in principle. As Vox notes in this video, they happen around once every 18 months. But they don’t land in the U.S. very often. The last time you could see one in the continental states was 1979! This year, you can be anywhere in the continental U.S. and see… Read More

  • Congressional staff briefed on rural afterschool

    Note from Director Mike Feder: STEMx readers, I read this post a few weeks ago. It offers some critical details, both about the importance of afterschool programs but also on how the Afterschool Alliance keeps legislators briefed. With permission, we’re cross-posting this information. by Erik Peterson for the Afterschool Alliance, original post The benefits provided by afterschool programs… Read More