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2018 Pennsylvania STEM Ambassador Program: Developing STEM Policy Leaders in PA

Application Deadline: Friday, January 26, 2018

Help shape the future of STEM education by targeting vital policy conversations to legislative leadership in the areas of computer science, STEM Learning ecosystems, state and federal policy for formal and informal education, and workforce needs.

The program, a 10-month advocacy training program for leaders in business, education and/or STEM-related fields, is looking specifically for business/industry and education leaders in their profession, interested and committed to sharing their experiences and content knowledge with influential Pennsylvania stakeholders and a desire to help shape Pennsylvania policy through targeted relationships with elected officials and media.

Apply today for the STEM Ambassador Program

8 Pittsburgh Makerspaces That Let Imaginations Run Wild

Home to the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh’s MAKESHOP, Assemble and a booming tech industry, Pittsburgh has been a pioneer in the “maker movement” that bridges STEM education, project-based learning and the creative arts. And its footprint continues to expand with more local schools, libraries and museums catching on to the value of maker education.

Pennsylvania Adopts Computer Science Ed Standards

After a year of debate, Pennsylvania’s State Board of Education has approved a resolution to offer computer science education to all public school students in the commonwealth by endorsing Computer Science Teacher Association K-12 Standards. Governor Tom Wolf, who sought the change, applauded the move. “Over the next decade, seven in 10 new jobs in Pennsylvania will require workers to use computers and new technologies in a constantly changing economy, and this move will help our students prepare for the workforce of the future,” Wolf said.

Americans See Range of Problems Plaguing STEM Education

Most Americans think K-12 STEM education in the United States is mediocre at best, with 43 percent of survey respondents calling it average and another 30 percent saying it is below average. Americans also see a range of problems plaguing STEM education, with eight separate issues, ranging from uninvolved parents and disinterested students to outdated curriculum materials and an outsized focus on state standards, cited as problems by 48 percent of respondents or more. These findings come from a new report from Pew Research examining attitudes about STEM careers and education generally, and gender and racial equity in STEM careers more specifically.

Pennsylvania Governor’s School for the Sciences Application 2018

Deadline: January 31, 2018
The Pennsylvania Governor’s School for the Sciences provides a summer enrichment experience in the sciences and mathematics for talented Pennsylvania high school students and encourages them to pursue careers in the STEM fields. The program provides instruction in biological sciences, chemistry, physics, mathematics and computer science, with emphasis on collaborative learning and team research.

Action Math Baseball

Deadline: January 31, 2018
Students improve math-fluency as they manage their own team of MLB players. Aligned with Pennsylvania State Standards, this innovative software simulation is uniquely designed to supplement the classroom and/or support intervention for grades 5-8. Learn more at Action Math Baseball and request a 21-day free evaluation. Purchase by January 31, 2018 and receive a 25% discount when entering promo code PSAYDN.

Siemens STEM Day Offers 3D Printing and STEM Education Lessons for Teachers and Students

Together with Discovery Education, the Siemens Foundation has re-branded the annual Siemens Science Day, and turned it into a program for more modern educational opportunities: Siemens STEM Day. The new program, which is an opportunity for U.S. schools to promote STEM activities for both students and teachers, is now meant for all students in grades K-12, and offers multiple tools and resources to recharge STEM curriculum.

More and Different Data Needed to Track Quality of STEM Undergrad Education

Improving STEM undergraduate education will require tracking student demographics, instructor use of evidence based teaching practices, student transfer patterns and other yet-unmeasured dimensions of STEM education. That is the main conclusion from a new report published by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine.

American Public Education Is Failing Miserably In Math and Science Education

Decades of dismal international results indicate that American K-12 public education has been busier validating students’ math and science phobias than teaching academic content. Research shows that math and science are “ruthlessly cumulative,” requiring automatic recall of facts learned in the early grades. But memorization remains a dirty word in America’s schools.

Students Apply Geometry Lessons to Build Tiny Houses

Eureka High in suburban St. Louis County, Missouri, is one of more than 400 high schools nationwide and three in the St. Louis area that have adopted a “Geometry in Construction” class, a class developed by two Colorado teachers who wanted students to take math out of the textbook and into real life. Students in these classes use geometry to build their own tiny houses or other construction projects. There’s no comprehensive external study showing whether students who take this class have higher test scores than those enrolled in traditional geometry classes. But one small internal study at a couple Colorado high schools showed students in the class had higher average math scores than their classmates in regular geometry classes.

It Is Time to Weave Computational Thinking Into K-12

It is high time for students to move beyond an hour of coding exercises and learn computational thinking. That is the message of a new report from Digital Promise that examines what is important to know and be able to do in a “computational world.”

House OKs Three Bills to Boost STEM Education and Training

House members approved three bills that would support individuals who aim to pursue careers in the fields of STEM, Nextgov reported. All three bills – STEM Research and Education Effectiveness and Transparency Act, Women in Aerospace Education Act and Supporting Veterans in STEM Careers Act – were approved as part of Congress’ Science Day and sent to the Senate’s commerce, science and transportation committee for review.