Top 5 STEM Education Articles | April 2017

By Maggie O’Brien | May 1st, 2017


Below is a list of noteworthy articles on STEM education from the past month.  These articles support Defined STEM’s mission of assisting students in developing the critical 21st century skills they need to succeed in college, career, and life.


Be The Change You Want to See By Shifting Traditional High School

KQED Mind/Shift

Two high school teachers discuss how they are changing the traditional approaches to teaching and learning.  They created a school-within-a-school program that uses a project-based and tech-savvy approach to teaching English, technology and science in an interdisciplinary way.


Bill Nye on His ‘Codebreaker’ Mom and How Science Teachers Can Change the World

PBS NewsHour

American science educator, Bill Nye, shares his thoughts on science education in this interview.  A range of topics are covered from how to encourage more girls to go into STEM to climate change.  The main theme of the discussion is how teachers and parents can ignite excitement and passion for science in students.


Resources for STEM Education

United States Deptartment of Education

The Department of Education issued a STEM guidance memo detailing potential ways to use federal grant funds to support STEM education.  This document references funds available through the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), and the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 (Perkins).


Check Out the 2017 Best STEM High Schools

U.S. News and World Report

These top public high schools are driving student achievement in STEM.  Schools were selected based on student participation in and performance on math and science Advanced Placement tests.


Computational Thinking Across the Curriculum


This article discusses the importance of bringing computational thinking into the classroom as a way to help students build their problem-solving and critical thinking skills.

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