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.


MEL Science Launches Virtual Reality Chemistry Lessons

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.

Iowa to Issue $25K Awards for STEM Proposals that Join School and Career

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.

Alabama State ED Gives Students Free Access to Learning Tools Over Summer

The Alabama State Department of Education in May launched its fifth annual Alabama Summer Learning Challenge. The program, which runs through the end of July, aims to boost student engagement in reading, math, science and other core subjects over the summer by providing free access to a number of online learning tools and resources.

P-TECH 9-14 Schools to Blossom to 80 by Fall

Six years after the launch of the first Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P-TECH) school in Brooklyn, yet another cohort of students is graduating — each walking away with a high school diploma, an associate's degree in a STEM field and related work experience. Graduates have already joined IBM, working as front-end web developers, organizational developers, coders and analysts. Many are also continuing college in pursuit of bachelor's degrees.

Coding, Cybersecurity, Game Development Bootcamps Come to Miami Students

Miami-Dade County Public Schools, CareerSource South Florida and TechLaunch @FVI teamed up to bring coding bootcamps to the next-generation workforce in Miami this summer.

New Tool from Carnegie Mellon Simplifies Design of Robots

A small team of researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have come up with a tool that allows newbies and experts to design customized robots that can use 3D-printed parts and off-the-shelf actuators.

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.

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