Archive for STEM SmartBlogs
While political leaders in Washington debate immigration reform and debt issues, business leaders from a wide swath of industries are lamenting the deteriorating competitiveness of the U.S. in the global talent marketplace. Study after study shows the performance of U.S. students slipping when it comes to science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
“We need an American competitiveness agenda,” Honeywell Chairman and CEO David Cote said during a panel discussion at the Milken Institute Global Conference.[…] Continue Reading »
Before social networks, e-mail, and even before the telephone, scientists regularly communicated with their peers by mail and in person. Letters carrying news of the latest discoveries traversed oceans aboard ships, and royal societies held annual meetings for just about every discipline. Incorporating social networks into STEM education represents an expansion of the many ways that researchers already share their work, find resources and swap ideas.[…] Continue Reading »
Schools are missing the boat when it comes to addressing the problem of preparing students to recapture America’s leadership in producing scientists, inventors, engineers, programmers and more through STEM initiatives. The answer has little to do with more teachers, more common graduation requirements, more tests or more school as our policymakers and corporations who stand to profit off this have suggested.[…] Continue Reading »
The second public draft of the Next Generation Science Standards, developed by Achieve, is due for release before the new year. This draft represents step four in a nine-step process to update standards for K-12 sciences and engineering education. The nine-step process includes three public and two state review and comment periods before delivery of a final product.[…] Continue Reading »
It’s autumn in the Rockies and a season for debate and confrontation. In nature, the bugle call of the male elk woos mates and incites challengers for control of the harem. In politics, President Barack Obama and challenger Mitt Romney return again and again to the West to assert their positions. Why fight it? This month, let’s take a look at the argument for adding an “A” to STEM to create STEAM and acknowledge the role of the arts in 21st century learning.[…] Continue Reading »