Education: the Big Issue Few People Are Talking About

August 3, 2016

By some measures, jobs have come roaring back since the recession, but that hasn’t been good news for everyone in the workforce. The plight of tens of millions of Americans who have not shared in the recovery has become a major theme in this turbulent election cycle. 

Tags: jobs & workforce

To Nail the Landing, Olympic Gymnasts Embody Science

August 1, 2016

When gymnasts go to the mats, beams and bars at the 2016 Olympics in Rio, they’ll be judged on their routines, execution and artistry in performing one of the most difficult of all sports. Science explains the physical challenges of gymnastics—and science is helping world-class athletes up their games.

Tags: sports, science

New Study: Lower Teacher Pay Linked to Lower Math Skills

July 27, 2016

If we want better teachers, then we need better incentives to teach. That is one big takeaway from a new study of teachers’ skills in 23 developed nations. Here are the study’s findings in a nutshell:

Tags: math, teachers

STEMtistic on Display: AP Exams for Success

July 26, 2016

Research makes strong connections between college performance and Advanced Placement (AP) test scores. In general, those who do well on AP exams do better in college than those who do not do well on the exams. Hispanic test takers in particular are 28 percent more likely to succeed in college. How's that for closing the achievement gap?

Tags: STEMtistics, minorities

Colorado Partners Bring New Programs into STEMworks

July 25, 2016

Congratulations to five STEM education programs that have distinguished themselves as among the best programs serving Colorado's children and youth! Colorado Technology Association (CTA) and Colorado Education Initiative (CEI) used our rigorous STEMworks application and review process to identify two new programs for STEMworks and strengthen the standing of two others.

Tags: STEMworks

The Notion Behind the Motion

July 20, 2016

When you think of show-stopping ballet dancers like Misty Copeland, you might say their dance moves “defy physics”. So often dancers’ jaw-dropping leaps and innumerable turns look like magic. And just like magic, we wonder in amazement just how they did it! But elite dancers, like all athletes, act as real life demonstrations of the laws of motion. Instead of defying physics, they authenticate it!

How Can You Think and Hit at the Same Time?

July 18, 2016

In the 1955 Tony-award winning Broadway musical, Damn Yankees, a long suffering DC fan makes a pact with the Devil to elevate his beloved team to win the pennant.  Alas, apparently without such a pact, the real-life Washington Nationals have never played in the World Series. But maybe this year will be different--and it will be as a result of STEM!

Tags: science

Guest Blog: The San Francisco 49ers Use Football to Inspire STEM Learning

July 13, 2016

The San Francisco 49ers are taking science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education to new heights for children throughout Silicon Valley.

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STEMtistic on Display: Narrowing the Gender Gap

July 11, 2016

The availability of AP classes and performance on AP exams can have a profound impact on students' pursuits of science majors in college. In the area of computer science there is currently a gap in achievement between the scores of female and male high school students. However, that gap has been closing steadily since 2000--a sign of progress for women interested in computer science.

Tags: computer science, science, women & girls

STEMworks Comes to Michigan!

July 11, 2016

Last week, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder signed into law a bill that adopts CTEq’s STEMworks as a critical standard for quality in his state. The MiSTEM Advisory Council will use our rigorous, independent STEMworks review process to identify the state’s most effective STEM programs and then scale them with state funds.


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