• Seven state Tennessee Valley region offered classroom STEM grants

    TVA grant recipient

    The 2019-2020 TVA STEM Classroom Grant Program is now accepting applications. The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) provides electricity to nearly 10 million people in seven southeastern states. Since 2012, TVA has worked through the Tennessee STEM Innovation Network to provide grant opportunities to help teachers. In partnership with Bicentennial Volunteers Incorporated, TVA STEM Classroom Grant Program funds STEM learning projects in classrooms and schools in TVA service areas. This grant is open to more than just teachers in Tennessee. Please review the map below (click to enlarge) or download this PDF of counties served by TVA to see if you teach within the service area of TVA. Regions of Kentucky, Virginia, North Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, and Mississippi are eligible to receive… Read More

  • Virginia prepares to launch state STEM network

    Work is underway in Virginia to create the state’s first STEM network. A coalition, led by the Virginia Department of Education, is bringing together stakeholders to create the STEM plan that will guide the formation of the network. We talked with Dr. Tina Manglicmot, Director of STEM for the Virginia Department of Education, about the state’s… 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

  • Students, you could name the next Mars rover!

    In December 2008, a young student named Clara Ma submitted a name for a project NASA then called the “Mars Science Laboratory.” With a 250 word essay, Clara suggested the name “Curiosity.” The Curiosity rover has covered over 13 miles of terrain on the Martian surface. Seven years later, the car-sized robotic explorer is the… 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

  • Arkansas calls on states to advance computer science education

    STEMx member state Arkansas will host key advocates for computer science in just two weeks. The summit builds on years of advances in computer science education in the state. Last June, we talked to Anthony Owen, Arkansas’s State Director of Computer Science: Governor, teachers and others back Arkansas’s computer science push. Then, he told us “Arkansas… Read More

  • Three facts about the TVA Mini-grants, now expanded to seven states!

    Tennessee Valley Authority, in partnership with Bicentennial Volunteers Incorporated (a TVA retiree organization), announced awards earlier in late March of over $580,000 in grants to educators in public schools to develop STEM education projects across the Tennessee Valley. Most awarded funds support teachers in Tennessee, but thanks to a partnership to expand the grant through… Read More

  • STEMx Scoop 2.0: Spotlighting national opportunities

    by Wes Hall, Director of STEMx Today, we’re excited to relaunch the STEMx Scoop, our monthly newsletter highlighting grants, conferences, and other important developments in STEM. (If you didn’t receive this first issue, sign up here). One big change to the format: We’re opening up submissions to anyone who completes this simple form to share… Read More

  • ThinSat pushes students to reach for the stars

    Space exploration usually makes for intriguing and exciting STEM curriculum. Reading and wondering about what’s far above our heads can be, well, heady stuff. But actually completing a class project that sends a payload into space – that’s way out of our reach, right? Not so for one Virginia teacher and her students. They participated… Read More