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.


New Department of Ed IDEA Site Live and Generating Heat

Feedback is trickling in on the U.S. Department of Education's new website dedicated to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Since February, the site has been undergoing a redesign, based at least in part on comments from 130 people who provided feedback during the design process. The new site went live June 1.

Apple Swift Draws Support from Robotics, Drone Makers

Lego Education said it would be pairing Mindstorms Education EV3 with the Swift Playgrounds learning platform to allow students to program their Lego Mindstorms robots and other creations with motors and sensors.

Grant Spotlight: $20 Million for PK-12 STEM Education

The National Science Foundation is awarding up to 18 multi-year grants for efforts that promote science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) in PK–12 schools. The awards this year are expected to total $10 million to $20 million, with individual awards ranging from $400,000 to $2 million apiece.

OER Provider Curriki Sounds Call for Spanish Content

Curriki, an online platform of K–12 open educational resources (OER) used by 13 million users worldwide, wants to expands its collection of 629 free educational resources in Spanish and has opened a call for Spanish-language teaching materials.

Pennsylvania Educator Named National Science Teachers Association President-Elect

The National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), the largest professional organization promoting excellence in science teaching and learning, recently appointed Dr. Christine Anne Royce as the president-elect for the organization.

Wonder Workshop’s Dash Robot Integrates with Apple’s Swift Playgrounds

Wonder Workshop’s Dash robot is now programmable with Apple’s Swift coding language thanks to new lessons available in the latest version of the Swift Playgrounds app for iPad.

Florida Department of Education Approves Curriculum Associates for Private School Scholarship Programs

Florida private schools participating in either the Florida Tax Credit or the Gardiner Scholarship Program can now use a math and reading assessment system from Curriculum Associates to meet program requirements.

Discovery Education Adds 360-Degree Experiences to Streaming Plus, Techbook Solutions

Discovery Education Monday revealed it has introduced several new digital assets and more are coming soon to the company’s Discovery Education Streaming Plus and Techbook offerings. The digital solutions will feature more interactive, 360-degree experiences and other dynamic content.

NGSS to Issue Digital Badges for Great Science Content

The organization behind the Next Generation Science Standards wants to pick up the pace of submissions of lessons and units by offering a new digital badge for those who participate successfully.

Fidget Spinner App Gets 7 Million Downloads

While schools around the country are banning fidget spinners, an app version by gaming company Ketchapp has passed 7 million downloads.

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