Science, Technology, Engineering & Math


Lemelson-MIT Program Expands Invention Initiative to California

Middle and high school students in four states now participate in the initiative to encourage them to use invention to solve real-life problems and incorporate STEM principles.

STEM Classes Tackle Community Problems in Samsung Contest

Combine creative teaching with STEM and energetic students, and you'll get guidance on how to design and build eco-friendly mini homeless shelters for homeless teens; apply signal processing in smartwatches to notify pedestrians when vehicles are approaching at unsafe speeds; and explore alternatives for melting ice on city roads without using salt. All of these solutions are finalists in this year's "Solve for Tomorrow" contest, put on by Samsung.

Many Community College Students Are Not Prepared for College-Level Work, Report Shows

The idea that a single placement test should determine a student's readiness for college courses is getting a makeover with the release of a new report from the Center for Community College Student Engagement at the University of Texas at Austin. So is the value placed on standard developmental or remedial coursework in student success.

STEM Teacher Prep Gets New Commitments

The White House goal of training or retraining 100,000 teachers in STEM subjects by 2021 is gaining momentum.

3D-Printable Fossil Collection Adds 400 Monkey Skulls

MorphoSource, a database of downloadable files for printing fossils, has added scans of 400 skulls, along with other bones, from 59 different species of monkey.

Bringing Coding to the Masses One School at a Time

A Q&A with 18-year-old Zach Latta, executive director of San Francisco-based Hack Club, a 2015 recipient of the Thiel Fellowship and one of Forbes Magazine's 30 Under 30 (Education Category) for 2016.

Hack Club!

High school students have started taking charge of their own computer science education. One of them, an 18-year-old who was named to Forbes' "30 Under 30" list for 2016, has helped to create a network of "Hack Clubs" that have spread to 16 states so far. The purpose: to get kids coding regardless of background or prior technical knowledge.

To Parents, 'STEM Careers' Doesn't Mean Teaching; It Means Engineering

A new survey by Harris Poll of 644 parents of children under 18 living in the household found that only 9 percent said they would encourage their kids to become teachers of science, technology, engineering or math.

Texas A&M Student Competition Tackles Issues in K-12 STEM Ed

Texas A&M University recently held Aggies Invent, a two-day initiative set to go nation-wide that, this year, asked students to come up with solutions to challenges in K-12 STEM education.

Dremel Launches 3D Printing Ecosystem

Dremel, a company generally known for manufacturing tools, has developed a STEM education program to integrate 3D printing into the classroom.

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