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.
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A program originally created by Grandview R-2 School District called the Missouri Online Summer Institute is offering more than 100 free summer school courses for students in grades 7-12 this summer, with newly added career and technical education and Advanced Placement courses.
Teenage boys say they are more likely to pursue STEM careers than girls, according to research recently published by nonprofit Junior Achievement and professional services firm EY (formerly Ernst & Young). More than one-third (36 percent) of boys surveyed said they would pursue STEM careers in the future, versus only 11 percent of girls.
The Micro:bit Educational Foundation in the United Kingdom has opened up availability for its micro:bit small-board computer to education customers in the United States and Canada
The Triple E Framework, developed by Liz Kolb, guides teachers in thinking through how to make effective use of specific technology in their specific classrooms. Available up to now primarily on the Triple E website, ISTE has just published Kolb’s book length treatment of Triple E — which we review in this week’s blog post!
- By Cathie Norris, Elliot Soloway
Project Scientist is partnering with Concordia University Irvine (CUI) to offer a STEM summer academy for girls between the ages of 4 and 12. Project Scientist Summer Academy will start June 26 in Irvine and will be a five-week day camp.
While plenty of STEM lessons cover science, math and even technology, engineering is often left out. This dedicated educator has figured out numerous ways to bring the "E" into the classroom to help those other topics become more real for the youngest students.
- By Dian Schaffhauser
MEL Science, based in London, has launched a series of virtual reality (VR) chemistry lessons for K–12. The 3-year-old company this week released a MEL Chemistry VR app, featuring a virtual chemistry lab, for free on Google Daydream.
The state of Iowa is seeking proposals for programs that bring education and employers together to create a stream of continuity between school and career in STEM topics. Each "model" chosen will receive $25,000.
- By Dian Schaffhauser