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6/16/2016

One of the newest technologies being applied in K12 STEM coursework today is 3D printing, which helps to fuel creativity, problem solving and project-based learning while exposing students to tools they may use later in their careers. 3D printing can also be used at the middle school level to prepare students for more advanced work in high school.

9/8/2015

One of the newest technologies being applied in K12 today is 3D printing, particularly in integrated STEM courses. This new technology also has potential application beyond engineering classes, however, providing creative ways to enhance the curriculum in a variety of other subjects.

Attend this web seminar to learn how educators in the Marlborough (Mass.) Public Schools are using 3D printing in creative ways, including math and history projects. In addition, learn how STEM projects are enhanced by the inclusion of 3D design challenges.

As increasing STEM teaching and learning continue to be goals of many districts, administrators are looking for tools that help encourage more students to pursue future careers in these fields.

Created in conjunction with Rice University, STEMscopes is a comprehensive and hands-on K12 science curriculum that serves more than 1.4 million students online. It provides numerous intervention and acceleration activities as well as teacher support resources. These activities can be delivered in customizable ways that can be adapted to unique teaching and learning styles.

Year: 
2014

These real-world videos highlight jobs from different industries so students can connect educational concepts to college and careers. The videos depict how workers use math, language arts, science and technology. A diverse group of workers with varying educational backgrounds is interviewed to show students the skills they need to achieve their goals.

Year: 
2014

Using community engagement, professional development, custom curricula and digital resources, the leaders of Oak Ridge Schools in Tennessee hope to transform the district into a recognized leader in STEM education.

As a comprehensive online STEM curriculum program, STEMscopes provides classrooms with hands-on inquiry and problem-based learning activities, such as interactive games and virtual science labs. It also gives teachers lesson plans and intervention tools. STEMscopes has a variety of student assessments, including multiple choice exams and open-ended response tests.

Reader Testimony: 

“STEMscopes’ science curriculum is totally aligned to each of the state standards and offers everything needed for a teacher to excel in providing a rich, hands-on learning experience for students. Its lesson model comes complete with background information for the teacher, assessments, and student-centered, hands-on learning activities.”

—Jan Grout, science specialist, Clear Creek ISD, Texas

Year: 
2013
Neil deGrasse Tyson is an astrophysicist and director of the Hayden Planetarium.

One significant impact of this year’s federal budget sequester is its toll on scientific research, with many organizations and research institutes facing the likelihood of huge cuts to their funding. The American Association for the Advancement of Science, for example, could have $8.6 billion taken from its budget, while the National Institutes of Health anticipates $1.5 billion in cuts. And the National Science Foundation, which faces $283 million in cuts, is under additional pressure from Congress to fund only “approved” scientific research.

Students in the Allegheny Valley (Pa.) School District use robotics kits to build moving dioramas that integrate poetry and engineering. Robotics and poetry aren’t an ordinary combination.

Since 2004, overall interest in STEM majors and careers among high school seniors has increased by more than 20 percent, according to a new report from STEMconnector, an online STEM news source. And the southern states of the U.S. have the highest concentration of students interested in STEM, at 36 percent, compared to other regions.

Released in February, the “Where are the STEM Students?” report revealed that mechanical engineering was the most popular major or career choice among STEM-interested students, at 20 percent, while biology was second at 12 percent.

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