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Solving the STEM Education Crisis

beakersresizedAs technology becomes an integral part of the workplace, science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) skills are no longer just “good skills” to have; they are increasingly important to a 21st-century education.

Training students for success in the STEM disciplines also is necessary if the U.S. is to remain globally competitive; recent results from the Program for International Student Assessment suggested the top-performing U.S. high school students were bested by students from at least 20 other nations in math and science.

Attracting students to the STEM disciplines is the first hurdle, and retaining student interest in these areas is the second. Solving the STEM education crisis won’t be easy—but with the generous support of Learning.com, we’ve compiled this collection of stories from our archives, along with other resources, to help you answer this challenge in your own schools.

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Twenty states involved in changing science instruction

Twenty states involved in changing science instruction

The National Academy of Sciences has kicked off a multi-state campaign to improve science instruction—a move that will lead to a greater emphasis on analytical and conceptual thinking.…

Panel: STEM education crisis stems from unsupported teachers

Panel: STEM education crisis stems from unsupported teachers

According to a panel of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education experts and industry leaders, the United States is still falling short of producing the number of…

How to make STEM education a success

Adequate instructional time is a key part of a strong STEM program.

What makes science programs at specialized science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) schools better than ordinary programs? A new report identifies key factors that contribute to effective STEM…

Research: 3D content can help improve learning

In a survey of high school students involved in the pilot, 76 percent said they preferred learning in 3D over traditional methods.

In one of the first significant studies of the effects of three-dimensional content on K-12 instruction, Colorado’s Boulder Valley School District found that the use of 3D content…

Robotics engages students, experts say

The LEGO MINDSTORMS is part of the company's "Robotics for All Ages" program

Engaging students at younger ages and making science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education more appealing were some of the main topics up for discussion at a roundtable…

Students excel in STEM gaming challenge

Students' video games explore a variety of STEM topics.

Twelve students in grades 5-8 are winners in the first-ever National STEM Video Game Challenge, a competition to motivate interest in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education…

Experts outline challenges facing math instruction

Students with disabilities, as well as their teachers, need support in math classes.

Numerous studies point to a fact that cannot be ignored: U.S. students’ math and science performance trails that of several other countries, and the nation’s classrooms need qualified,…

Survey: Districts lack STEM funding, professional development

Funding is among the top obstacles cited in a STEM education survey.

Though STEM educators highly value technology’s presence and potential in the classroom, they cited a lack of funding and professional development for teachers as two major roadblocks in…

DARPA-funded project to spark computer science education

TopCoder hopes their virtual community will increase student interest in computer science.

In an effort to boost computer science education for middle and high school students, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has awarded TopCoder a $5.57 million contract…

Study points to uncertainty of K-12 engineering standards

Should engineering standards be developed for K-12?

With efforts to ensure U.S. competitiveness in a global economy revolving around stronger STEM education, some policy makers are looking at whether it makes sense to include engineering…

Center for Excellence in STEM Education (The College of New Jersey)

http://www.center4stem.org

Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research

http://ojs.jstem.org/index.php?journal=JSTEM

National Governors Association (NGA) Center for Best Practices: STEM Education

http://www.nga.org/portal/site/nga/menuitem.1f41d49be2d3d33eacdcbeeb501010a0/?vgnextoid=b1da18bd4bae0110VgnVCM1000001a01010aRCRD

National Science Digital Library: STEM Education Resources

http://nsdl.org/collection/stem-education

Ohio STEM Learning Network

http://www.osln.org

STEM Education Coalition

http://www.stemedcoalition.org/default.aspx

STEM Equity Pipeline

http://www.stemequitypipeline.org/

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Elementary STEM Resources

Step-by-step Example
Making STEM Come Alive for Elementary Students
See how a 5th-grade teacher created a cross-curricular STEM unit covering math, science, and technology literacy.

STEM Report
Science, Technology, Engineering & Math.
SETDA discusses the importance of STEM education, the current state of STEM education, barriers to implementing STEM education, and recommends what stakeholders and policymakers can do to support STEM education. Read the SETDA report (pdf).

Elementary STEM Solution
Building students' foundation in critical STEM subjects
This comprehensive online curriculum provides teachers with proven strategies and multiple models of instruction to build students' foundational learning in STEM subjects.

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