Change the Equation just announced that eight more first-rate programs have made it into STEMworks, our searchable database of programs that deepen young people's learning in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Programs that applied to STEMworks this time around faced stiff odds: Fewer than one in three made it in. Programs have to measure up to CTEq's Design Principles for Effective STEM Philanthropy to clear the bar.
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Here are the eight new programs:
Engaging Youth through Engineering (EYE) Middle Grades Modules
EYE aims to make K-12 math and science relevant. It inspires and prepares elementary and middle school students to take the courses they need to succeed in the high-tech aerospace, shipbuilding and other industries located in and around Mobile, Alabama. The EYE Middle Grades Modules features an engineering design challenge to engage students in rigorous math and science content.
High-Tech High Heels Physics Camps
High-Tech High Heels Physics Camps are a two-week summer day camps that prepare girls for their first high school physics course. The camps reinforce basic math skills, offer hands-on labs, provide close interaction with instructors, foster an atmosphere of collaboration and teamwork, and expose girls to STEM careers through female role models.
Iridescent uses two untapped resources, engineers and parents, to address the STEM achievement gap. Engineers receive training to help parents become successful participants, investors and leaders of the Family Science Program.
Learn 2 Teach, Teach 2 Learn
Learn 2 Teach, Teach 2 Learn turns teenagers into STEM teachers. The program hires 25-35 youth teachers each year, most of whom are youth of color, teaches them STEM content, guides them through hands-on STEM projects, and then helps them use what they've learned to teach elementary and middle school youth in summer programs.
Mathematics Learning Community
The Regional Science Resource Center (RSRC) has developed Mathematics Learning Community (MLC) professional development materials to help teachers and schools addreses the specific problems that hinder student progress in math. The materials help teachers probe student thinking by learning how to examine student work and then better diagnose and target students’ learning needs.
National Academy Foundation (NAF)
The National Academy Foundation (NAF) sustains a national network of career academies to support the development of America's youth. Over the past three decades, NAF has demonstrated that career-based, small learning communities located in comprehensive public high schools can improve high school student performance and results.
Ten80 Student Racing Challenge
The Ten80 Student Racing Challenge prompts middle and high school students to uto create products and work together in ways that mirror the work of professional motorsports teams, engineers and green transportation designers. It includes a national competition league and a supplementary project-based classroom curriculum created by educators, engineers and industry partners over the last decade. Students in classes and clubs use electric radio controlled (RC) cars to create products and work together in ways that parallel the arduous preparation of NASCAR teams in the weeks, months and years leading up to each race.
The EAST Initiative
The EAST (Environmental and Spatial Technology) Initiative gets students to design and carry out their own service projects using teamwork and cutting-edge technology. EAST classrooms are equipped with state-of-the-art workstations, servers, software and accessories, including GPS/GIS mapping tools, architectural and CAD design software, 3D animation suites, virtual reality development and more. Students identify problems in their local communities and then use these tools to develop solutions, collaborating with civic and other groups in the process.