The momentum for improving U.S. STEM capabilities is building, with opinion leaders and editorial boards opining in support of reform and newsrooms writing about it across the country.
April 22, 2013 — Washington Post — “Obama hosts young inventors at 2013 White House Science Fair”
Some 100 students from more than 40 states are attending the 2013 White House Science Fair, which began today with President Obama as host.
April 22, 2013 — USA Today — “Obama: Science education must be 'priority'”
President Obama said Monday that Americans love technology, but may not have enough respect for the education necessary to create all those new products. Obama promoted science, technology, engineering and math teaching while praising the winning student entries at the annual White House Science Fair.
April 22, 2013 — U.S. News & World Report — “Obama Gets His Geek on at White House Science Fair”
For the past three years, President Obama has tried to make a statement by inviting more than 100 students to the White House for its now-annual science fair: Kids who excel in science are at least as important as teams that win major sports championships.
April 17, 2013 — Washington Post — “Lockheed Martin works with STEM students in Prince George’s County”
Lockheed Martin, the Prince George’s County school system and the county’s Office of Information Technology have entered into a private-public partnership that will allow students and teachers at three high schools to learn from and share information with each other in a secure, cloud-based environment, county officials announced Wednesday. ... The program, which will include Cisco Systems and Men Aiming Higher, a community-based organization, is designed to give more students access to cutting-edge technology.
April 11, 2013 — NBC News — “5 areas of science that get boost in Obama budget”
President Barack Obama's budget provides a total of $143 billion for research and development (R&D), which includes investments in energy, space exploration, basic research and STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education, cybersecurity and climate monitoring. … Basic research and education in STEM fields will see their funding continue at current levels or increase under the proposed budget.
April 10, 2013 — Education Week — “Obama Budget Would Invest in Pre-K, High School Overhaul”
… [The budget] also includes a new, $300 million competitive-grant program aimed at helping high schools better prepare students for post-secondary education and the workplace and focus on science, math, engineering, and technology. The grants are envisioned as partnerships between districts, and either non-profits, higher education institutions, or business. School districts that serve high-poverty students, and rural districts would be given priority for the grants.
April 09, 2013 — Education Week — “Common Science Standards Make Formal Debut”
The final set of standards aimed at reshaping the focus and delivery of science instruction in U.S. schools was publicly unveiled Tuesday, setting the stage for states—many of which helped craft the standards—to take the next step and consider adopting them as their own.
April 08, 2013 — Wall Street Journal — “Fewer Foreigners Eye U.S. Graduate Science Programs”
Students from China may be rethinking the value of a U.S. graduate degree. Ending nearly a decade of double-digit growth, applications from Chinese citizens to U.S. graduate schools declined 5% for the coming academic year amid worries about unstable funding for science programs and tight immigration policies. Debra Stewart, president of the Council of Graduate Schools, says budget spats in Washington have thrown into question the funding of academic programs that rely heavily on federal dollars, such as science and engineering. Students pursuing advanced degrees in so-called STEM fields—science, technology, engineering and math—often receive multiyear financial-aid packages in the form of fellowships, but many schools can't guarantee that long-term assistance now because of the uncertainty of federal funding.
March 27, 2013 — Education Week — “Engineering Building a Foundation in K-12 Curricula”
When STEM education is discussed in the K-12 sphere, it often seems like shorthand for mathematics and science, with perhaps a nod to technology and even less, if any, real attention to engineering. But recent developments signal that the "e" in STEM may be gaining a firmer foothold at the precollegiate level.
March 18, 2013 — Scientific American — “Top Universities Will Help Train STEM Teachers”
A group of Tier 1 research universities — the Stanfords, Harvards and MITs of the world – will join the White House-led effort to train 100,000 new math and science teachers by the year 2022.
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