STEM Learning Networks and Resources

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Updated: November, 2015

January 20 , 2016: North Carolina's STEM Accelerator Initiative and White Paper, NC New Schools
November 9, 2015: NC State Board of Education recognizes 7 STEM Schools of Distinction
April, 2015: NC STEM Center e-Update (April 10, 2015) - News, Resources, Grants
February 10, 2015:Scaling STEM: Strategies That Engage Minds Conference, April 13-15, 2015, Research Triangle Park, NC.

February 9, 2015: Preston Middle School hosts 3rd annual 2015 STEM Educator Symposium, April 22-24, 2015
October, 2014: Ohio Exemplar STEM Schools open for tours and professional development during November, 2014
September, 2014: STEMworks spotlights excellent STEM programs across the nation - see 2014 Back to School Exemplars
August, 2014: The Ultimate STEM Guide for Kids: 239 Cool Sites About Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, July 14, 2014, by Data Science Examiner
August, 2014: Champions for Change (C4C) - provides middle school educators the tools and resources they need to engage students in unique science-based learning opportunities.
June, 2014: NC STEM Center - innovative web site links citizens to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education resources throughout the state and nation.
June, 2014: STEM Integration in K-12 Education: Status, Prospects, and an Agenda for Research, by Margaret Honey, et al, National Research Council.

 

Video: STEM Integration in K-12 Education, from the National Academies Press

STEM Learning Networks

Ohio STEM Learning Network

Ohio Stem Hubs

STEMscape (Click on News)

Ohio Exemplar STEM Schools open for tours and professional development during November, 2014

January, 2014: Ohio Call for Proposals for STEM school designation, requires PBL

Reynoldsburg schools attracting rave reviews. Educators from all over are looking closely at innovative programs in Reynoldsburg, By Charlie Boss, The Columbus Dispatch, Tuesday October 30, 2012

Empire State STEM Learning Network - website at http://www.empirestem.org may be inactive (6/13/14)

Facebook Page - active

STEM Hubs and Regions:

California STEM Learning Network (CSLNet)

STEM Hubs and Regional Networks

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Arizona STEM Network

STEM Immersion Matrix: a strategic framework to help Arizona educators chart a course to successfully integrate STEM education into their schools and districts. This tool will help educators determine their current level of STEM implementation, define their mission and goals, and plan how their schools can go to the next level. The STEM Immersion Matrix offers a roadmap to establish project-based STEM instruction, leadership development and community support

AZ Stem Network Brochure: Creating a Culture of Achievement. Read about the Arizona STEM Network's Five-Year Plan.

Helios STEM School Pilot RFP: SFAZ has issued a Request for Proposals to schools and districts to build integrated, rigorous and relevant science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education opportunities.

News

North Carolina STEM Learning Network

North Carolina's STEM Accelerator Initiative and White Paper, NC New Schools, January 20 , 2016:

NC State Board of Education recognizes 7 STEM Schools of Distinction, November 9, 2015. Schools recognized for Model Level of Achievement include:

NC STEM Center - Innovative web site links citizens to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education resources throughout the state and nation. Subscribe there to bimonthly updates.

Scaling STEM: Strategies That Engage Minds Conference, April 13-15, 2015, Research Triangle Park, NC. Twitter: @ScalingSTEM

NC STEM Exemplary School Recognition Program (September 2013)

STEM Attributes and Rubrics for Schools for a quality STEM program. See rubric and application below.

Resources, e-update, NC STEM Blog, Twitter: @ncstem

NC STEM Center e-Update (April 10, 2015) - News, Resources, Grants

North Carolina’s Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Education Strategic Plan

N.C. Rolls Out Recognition Program for STEM Schools, By Erik W. Robelen, Education Week, September 11, 2013

Texas

 

Texas STEM Learning Network

The T-STEM Learning Network is a combination of people and a supportive process that values evaluation, creates a space and structure for collective understanding, shares learning in targeted ways, and improves potential for scale. T-STEM academies were launched in 2007 as an initiative of Governor Perry. There are now 51 T-STEM Academies across Texas and 7 university-based T-STEM Centers.

T-STEM Academies, Centers, and Exemplars

Educate Texas T-STEM page

T-STEM Centers

T-STEM Academy Design Blueprint, Rubric, and Glossary (2010)

STEM Learning Resources and Organizations

STEMx

The STEMx™ network is a multi-state STEM network developed for states, by states. This grassroots movement provides an accessible platform to share, analyze and disseminate quality STEM education tools to transform education, expand the number of STEM teachers, increase student achievement in STEM and grow tomorrow’s innovators.

The network is currently composed of 19 state STEM networks, many of which have been working side-by-side for several years.

UTEACH

UTeach started at The University of Texas at Austin in 1997 as a new way to prepare secondary teachers in STEM fields (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). Its strength lies in the unique collaboration between the Colleges of Natural Sciences and Education. UTEACH pedagogy focuses on project-based instruction.

The UTeach program offers students a variety of educational experiences. For example, all students enrolled in the UTeach Natural Sciences Program have the opportunity to participate in a paid internship.

UTeach has proven to be so effective that it is now being replicated at 30 universities across the United States. Read more about the replication efforts of The UTeach Institute (see "Why UTeach" video on homepage).

Knights of Knowledge PD Services

PBL Pioneers David Thornburg, Norma Thornburg, and Sara Armstrong have produced a terrific set of video-based inquiry starters across the curriculum, what some of us call video entry documents for project-based learning. See exemplars at http://knights-of-knowledge.com/projects.html. They provide a workshop to help teachers understand how to launch effective projects. These video starters cover all curriculum areas, but have a special focus on STEM.

 

TIES (Teaching Institute for Excellence in STEM)

TIES, Teaching Institute for Excellence in STEM education is the country's foremost innovator bringing STEM School design, STEM curriculum, and STEM instructional support to schools, districts, states and the federal government. TIES design teams work to create and build the finest STEM schools throughout the country.

TEACH. INSPIRE. HIRE.

More than 2,000 leaders and visionaries in business, education, and government from around the United States will convene in Austin, Texas, from June 17-19, 2013 at the Austin Convention Center, to advance the agenda for national change in STEM education, policy and workforce development. The National Conference will focus on targeted outcomes that create an impact to fill jobs now and advance the future of the STEM workforce.

International Telementor Program (ITP)

The International Telementor Program (ITP) facilitates electronic mentoring relationships between professional adults and students worldwide, and is recognized as the leader in the field of academic based mentoring. Since 1995 over 45,200 students throughout ten countries have received support, encouragement, and professional guidance. ITP serves students in K-12 with a focus on middle and high school students and STEM. A good exemplar of ITP programs is Preston STEM Middle School, Fort Collins, CO.

Contact: David Neils, ITP Director

James Dyson Foundation

British inventor James Dyson set up the Foundation in 2002 to support design and engineering education. The Foundation's aim is to inspire young people to study engineering and become engineers by encouraging students to think differently and to make mistakes. The foundation works internationally with extensive programs in the UK, Canada, and in the US (focused on Chicago).

Download and Resources

Project Lead the Way (PLTW)

Project Lead The Way (PLTW) is the leading provider of rigorous and innovative Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education curricular programs used in middle and high schools across the U.S. PLTW STEM education programs engage students in activities-, projects-, and problem-based (APPB) learning. Students create, design, build, discover, collaborate and solve problems while applying what they learn in math and science.

STEM Integration in K-12 Education: Status, Prospects, and an Agenda for Research, by Margaret Honey, Greg Pearson, and Heidi Schweingruber, Editors; Committee on Integrated STEM Education; National Academy of Engineering; National Research Council. This report is the final product of a two-year study by the Committee on Integrated STEM Education. The committee identified and characterized existing approaches to integrated STEM education, in both formal and after-school and informal settings. It also reviewed the evidence for the impact of integrated approaches on various parameters of interest, such as greater student awareness, interest, motivation, and achievement in STEM subjects; improved college-readiness skills; and boosts in the number and quality of students who may consider a career in a STEM-related field.

Downloadable free PDF here.

Change the Equation works at the intersection of business and education to ensure that all students are STEM literate by collaborating with schools, communities, and states to adopt and implement excellent STEM policies and programs.

STEMworks spotlights excellent programs across the nation that provide teachers with lesson plans, equipment, lab materials, and training to help them make math and science come alive for students.

EnvironmentalScience.org's mission is to be the most reliable and expansive advocate for environmental science education and careers. The site features resources for internships and scholarships and information on environmental science degrees, careers, and jobs.

 

September 2013 RELEASE: NC STEM Recognition
North Carolina is providing quality STEM education. To recognize our states finest STEM Schools and Programs, NC has developed an application process to identify and recognize exemplary STEM Schools and STEM Programs. Elementary, Middle, and High Schools, Programs, or Future-Ready High Schools/Program of Achievement have the opportunity to submit an application highlighting their distinguished approaches to leading and learning in STEM Education. The application is built around a rubric which outlines critical strengths, eleven "Attributes", of a high quality STEM Education schools program. Schools/Programs demonstrating evidence they are implementing all Attributes of a quality STEM program at the "Prepared" or "Model" level will be recognized.

Download Application (doc, 1.8mb). High School, Middle School, and Elementary School Implementation Rubrics.