Top 5 STEM Education Articles of June 2017

STEM Education

By Maggie O’Brien


Each month we post a list of news articles that relate to STEM education and project-based learning (PBL).  Topics range from research reports to feature stories about new STEM and PBL initiatives in schools.


These articles support Defined STEM’s mission of using real-world projects to help students build the critical 21st-century skills they need to succeed in college, career, and life.


Fostering Confident Problem Solvers


This inspiring article explains how one teacher, Angela Mullenix, is helping her at-risk students find their passions through project-based learning and real-world application.  Angela implements engaging real-world projects to empower her students to succeed and encourage them to make difference. This article is filled with examples and assessment tools for implementation.


We Need to Rethink How We Educate Kids to Tackle the Jobs of the Future

Inc. Innovate

Greg Satell discusses why schools must continually shift with the times of the world. “Today we need to prepare our kids for the world that we really don’t understand yet,” Satell stresses the importance of lettings students explore things rather than knowing things.


Q&A: Mae Jemison, first woman of color in space, talks STEM gaps and science fiction

The Seattle Times

This September will be Mae Jemison’s 25th anniversary of her historic launch into space. In June, Jemison was asked whether or not the landscape of women in STEM has changed since then. She answers, “On the one hand, there have been great strides for women working in STEM fields. But we also still have areas where women are almost at the same percentage in fields like physics, and engineering.” In this article, Jemison discusses discouragement from her teachers and being pushed away from conversations.


The Girl Scouts Are Adding a Cybersecurity Badge

CNN Tech

With their launch of the 18 new badges for the fall of 2018 will be a strongly desired badge for cyber security. This article discusses that when Girl Scouts CEO, Sylvia Acevedo, asked their members for new badge ideas, technical education was a topic frequently brought to the table. Read more to find out how Palo Alto Networks will be in partnership.


Could Storytelling Be the Secret Sauce to STEM Education?

KQED Mindshift

This article describes a teacher’s goal to put meaning to numbers and equations. The engaging stories the class reads facilitate discussion that leads to thinking about math in a real-world application. Using this style of learning makes concepts that seem hard to grasp, attainable to students. “Instead of doing it abstractly with ones and zeros, this is a live literary experience in which the story itself is embodying the concepts,” said teacher, Lev Fruchter.

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