STEM/STEAM: Science, Technology, Engineering, Math and the Arts
Here you'll find articles and resources for STEM+Arts education, also known as STEAM. Topics include science, technology, engineering, math and arts education and range from research reports to feature articles to profiles of makerspaces to news about new STEAM and STEAM initiatives in schools.
A recent report by research center Child Trends and its Hispanic Institute finds that Latino children’s math skills trail those of white children by three months at the start of kindergarten.
Great things can come from humble beginnings. Anthony Johnson, a former high school dropout, is a teacher of the year winner in his school district and the southwest region of North Carolina. He is also a finalist for state teacher of the year. At Isenberg Elementary School in Salisbury, NC, he has transformed his science and social studies classrooms into “Johnsonville,” a world where each student must find a job, pay the bills, pay mortgage and taxes, and learn by doing projects.
Vernier Software & Technology will host 29 free, hands-on workshops this spring for STEM educators to learn how to implement their data-collection technology into their curriculum.
Intel will no longer serve as the title sponsor for the International Science and Engineering Fair, which draws participants from 70-plus countries. The Society for Science and the Public, a nonprofit that organizes the fair, is seeking a new title sponsor for the nearly 70-year-old global competition.
Duke University will be hosting a new conference on how to use 3D printing and digital fabrication in education, covering both K-12 and postsecondary. Construct3D 2017 runs May 5-7 and is expected to move to different institutions annually.
- By Dian Schaffhauser
Collabera, a New Jersey-based IT staffing and professional services company, is supporting STEM students with its 2017 Collabera STEM Scholarship. The scholarship will grant $2,500 scholarships to three individuals to assist in their efforts toward pursuing STEM careers.
As teachers develop new, three-dimensional formative assessments aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), a new collaborative process is producing open educational resources (OER) to help them reach every student.
- By Dian Schaffhauser
Discovery Education and 3M have launched the first Young Scientist Global Virtual Field Trip for kindergarten through eighth grade classrooms with exclusive access to 3M Headquarters’ “World of Innovation” in St. Paul, MN. The event will be broadcast live at 1 p.m. EST/10 a.m. PST Feb. 23.
New for 2017, SparkFun has launched a formal grant program that is awarding prize packages and sponsorships on the monthly basis to educational and non-profit organizations to support makerspaces, coding, robotics labs and STEM- and STEAM-related activities.
Makerspaces can be a powerful tool to link STEM and the arts — and engage students in every subject area
- By Stephen Noonoo