• Greater than STEM, Episode 3 – Foster Care

    What happens when a student doesn’t have a safe place to call home? And what can we do to support those students when they’re at school? High-schooler Ryan Bass tackles this problem with his family. Together, they’ve fostered almost a dozen youths in Northeast Ohio. We’ll learn more about how foster care works from Lucy – a policy expert – and Jamole – a former foster youth. Listen to their conversation on Episode 3 – Foster Care. This podcast is brought to you by Battelle, the largest independent nonprofit research and development institute in the world. Listen on on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, or SoundCloud. Resources for teachers Greater Than STEM worksheet including information on how to add your voice to the… 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

  • Greater than STEM, Episode 2 – Food Insecurity

    Fifteen million U.S. households were food-insecure in 2017, according to the United States Department of Agriculture Economic Research Service. This week on Greater Than STEM, we speak with Ana, a 6th grade student and Michelle Moskowitz Brown of Local Matters, a community garden advocacy organization. These two share a love of food, gardening and family, but have… Read More

  • Webinar: How to build mentor systems for STEM teachers

    June 6, 2019: 3-4 pm EST Register Across the United States, many schools face the same problem, year after year: finding math and science teachers. One of the solutions to this problem is to train more teachers. The other solution is to retain educators that are already in the system. Could connecting these educators to… 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

  • Greater than STEM, Episode 1 – Ocean Pollution

    This week on Greater Than STEM, we have our first student interview. We talk to Abby, a student from Northeast Ohio who is a self-proclaimed “ocean-hugger.” What is an ocean-hugger? How does that passion grow in a student from Ohio (a state with rather limited access to oceans)? Listen for answers to those questions and more on Episode 1 – Ocean Pollution.… 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

  • Pre-college scholarship helps dedicated students with financial need make the most of high school

    The best educators often look for ways to help academically talented but financially needy students realize their potential. Telling such students about the Young Scholars Program, sponsored by the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation of Lansdowne, Virginia, is one way to assist them. The program helps bright and motivated but financially strapped seventh-graders with scholarship aid,… Read More

  • Greater than STEM, Episode 0 – Battelle History: from the Xerox copier to Ohio’s first STEM school

    Battelle has been around for almost 100 years, but how did it grow from one building in 1929 into the world’s largest private nonprofit research and development institute? And how did it get involved in STEM education? And what even is STEM education? And why is filling up your apartment with sulfur fumes an important… Read More