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.

FIRST LEGO League Opens Robotics Team Sign-ups for Students 4–16

The FIRST LEGO League season is kicking off today. Team registration for three age divisions will be open. The season's gaming begins on Aug. 4, 2020.

NASEF Lassos Texas Esports Federation to Broaden Esports Impact in State

Scholastic esports is gaining momentum in the Lone Star State. The Texas Scholastic Esports Federation (TexSEF) is becoming an affiliate of the North America Scholastic Esports Federation (NASEF).

Maker Mask Teams with pi-top to Share Lessons on 3D Printing Respirator Masks

A new nonprofit maker organization is working with a company that creates computer kits to encourage people to make respirators for their communities.

CoderZ Intros Elementary Grade Coding Course

Education technology company CoderZ has introduced a new course for students in grades 2-5 to learn how to program.

Updated: Free Arts Resources for Schools During the COVID-19 Outbreak

A listing of arts resources organizations are offering for free in response to COVID-19-related school closures. (Updated May 6)

Updated: Free Crafting and Making Resources for Schools During the COVID-19 Outbreak

A listing of crafting and making resources organizations are offering for free in response to COVID-19-related school closures. (Updated April 30)

Fantasy Student Robotics Competition on YouTube This Saturday

Competitive student robotics are back in business. On Saturday, Apr. 25, 2020, the Robotics Education and Competition (REC) Foundation will be broadcasting a fantasy robotics competition on YouTube. Competitors will be virtually generated using past match results from the VEX IQ Challenge Squared Away and VEX Robotics Competition Tower Takeover world championships, with the winners of the new tournament recognized during the "VEX Virtual Worlds Celebration."

Missouri College Hosting First Open Esports Tournament ... Online

A Missouri college will shortly be running its first open esports tournament. That will take place online between May 1 and 3, 2020 and be hosted by Crowder College, a two-year community college serving nine counties in the state. The event will feature one-on-one competitions with Super Smash Brothers Ultimate on Nintendo Switch. The semi-finals and finals will be live-streamed on May 3.

Research: Coronavirus Learning Loss Could Put Some Students Behind a Full Year

Research from the NWEA has projected that current school closures could, indeed, result in major declines in student learning. The preliminary estimates found that math would take a bigger hit than reading, and that some students could return in the fall with less than 50 percent of the typical learning gains.

College Board, Amazon Giving 4,000 Free Computers to AP CS Students

The College Board has teamed up with Amazon Future Engineer to donate 4,000 laptop computers to students who want to access Advanced Placement Computer Science courses and can't because they lack a device at home to take the exams. Students receiving the donated laptops will get to keep them to support their educational journey beyond the COVID-19 outbreak.