In the spirit of the season, we've come up with a few STEM-Ed items that we'd like to see happen in 2013. Some are state initiatives, some federal, some private, some public, and they're listed in no particular order:
1.) Strong implementation of national standards
Over the next year, many states will be more fully incorporating Common Core State Standards into their curricula, with an eye toward full implementation in 2013-2014. Adopting the new standards will mean new textbooks, new materials, new assessments, and new technology. All of these may, without proper funding, face significant barriers.
To complement Common Core, the Next Generation Science Standards (Next Gen) are also coming down the pike. They'll be in the final stages of review early next year. Both sets of standards get students, teachers, and schools across the country on the same page when it comes to math and science skills, and have incredible potential. But the devil's in the details, and it's important to get those right, too.
2.) Continued innovations in STEM education
Saying "DARPA" might conjure up some sci-fi or high-tech images. But DARPA -- the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency, or the research arm of the Department of Defense -- invests far and wide in tech (one of their earlier investments was in a little thing called the Internet). And one of their most recent investments can help high schoolers get involved in tech research, with potentially huge implications.
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