STEM Education

Next Gen Trailblazers: ‘20 to Watch’ emerging leaders embrace adding arts to STEM

Adding the "A" to STEM

While the accomplishments of Leonardo da Vinci, the 15th century Italian painter and inventor, embody the integration of science, technology, engineering, arts, and math, it has taken over 400 years for educational institutions to recognize and actively pursue STEAM.

Transforming with technology

The documentary Most Likely to Succeed examines a California high school that has up-ended the traditional approach to education. Instead of relying on a teacher-centered model that has little changed in more than 100 years, High Tech High in San Diego has become a student-centered model. It emphasizes project-based learning, critical thinking, collaboration, and other skills better suited to a 21st century, information-based workforce.

Attendees at a Friday preconference session at NSBA’s annual conference in Boston got a viewing of the award-winning film.

PUBLIC ADVOCACY UPDATE: Full STEAM Ahead - Destination Imagination

By Lisa Bushey
Associate Executive Director, Public Advocacy and Communications

For the intellectually curious interested in innovative pathways to expand students’ interest in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics), here’s an innovation initiative perhaps unfamiliar to you. Recently, NSBA was invited to gain backstage access to “Destination Imagination” (DI) to learn what DI is, how it works, and why it matters.

Bringing girls to STEM

When high school students are asked about their interest in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) careers, about a third of the boys say they are very interested. Only one in five of the girls say the same thing.

This data has not changed since 2003, said Julie Evans, CEO of Project Tomorrow. Her group has been polling and collecting data on students and technology for decades.

Improving Urban Schools: Equity and Access in K-12 STEM Education for All Students

The rate of technological innovation and change has been tremendous over the past 10 years, and this rapid increase will only continue. STEM literacy is the power to “identify, apply, and integrate concepts from science, technology, engineering, and mathematics to understand complex problems and to innovate to solve them” (Washington state STEM, 2011, Internet). In order for U.S. students to be forefront of this revolution, ALL of our schools need to be part of the STEM vision and guide students in acquiring STEM literacy.

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