Top 10 STEM Education Articles of 2016

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January 18, 2017 

We reviewed the major news articles written on STEM education in 2016 and found ten that we think are exceptionally inspiring and educational.  Topics range from research reports to feature stories about new STEM and STEAM (STEM+Arts) initiatives in schools.

These articles foster the qualities of innovation, collaboration and participation necessary to encourage STEM teaching and learning.

6 Ways to Bolster STEM Education for the Future by Laura Devaney | eSchool News

This article reviews a new report, STEM 2026, from the American Institutes for Research for the U.S. Department of Education’s STEM Initiatives Team which outlines the ideal path for STEM education in the next 10 years.

Full STEAM Ahead: Why Arts Are Essential in a STEM Education by Mary Beth Hertz | Edutopia

In this blog post, Hertz explains that art is essential for motivating and engaging students in STEM subjects.  Hertz explains how the arts are integrated in all of the STEM fields, therefore, we must integrate them in our teaching – to give students the full pictures of what it means to work in a STEM field.

Can Teaching Spatial Skills Help Bridge the STEM Gender Gap? by Deborah Farmer Kris | KQED News Mindshift

In this post, Farmer discussed the importance of spatial skills in driving achievement in STEM subjects. Research shows women tend to score lower on tests of spatial reasoning, but Farmer points out that training and practice can close the gap. Farmer offers teachers and parents’ suggestions on how they can teach spatial skills.

STEM Education: The Future of the U.S. Economy by Gary Shapiro | LinkedIn Pulse

In this paper, Gary Shapiro, President and CEO at Consumer Technology Association, discusses the growing need for technical degrees and skills.  Shapiro explains that the supply does not equal the demand and that the issue is colleges aren’t producing graduates with the necessary skills to fill them. Shapiro suggests that America invest early on in K-12 education programs, colleges and higher education programs to avoid talent shortages in the future.

Let’s Fix Math Education by Redefining Math by John Wihbey | National Geographic

The article discusses the need for education reforms that better define the toolkit we want students to have as they prepare for work in the STEM era.  It discusses that how math is taught is more important than what is taught and that providing students with more engaging and inspiring options is the best solution.

Arts Critical to STEM Learning Says Secretary of Education by John M. Eger | Huffington Post

In this blog post, Eger highlights the viewpoint of Secretary of Education John B. King Jr., on the importance of connecting STEM and the arts.  Eger explains that all schools in America must begin changing their curriculum to integrate arts into all subjects.

Four Teachers, Four Classrooms, One Cross-Curricular STEM Course by Mathew Lynch | Edweek

In this post, four teachers at one school talk about using a rotational cross-curricular model to engage students in STEM subjects.  The teachers use multifaceted, multimedia projects to engage students and drive student achievement. The multifaceted projects and the rotational model create an environment where students can relate their knowledge and skills to the real world, which makes the STEM course not only educational but fun.

Building a Nation of Makers by John King Jr. | U.S. News & World Report

In this article, U.S. Secretary of Education, John King Jr, explains that America has to make sure all students have access to challenging and hands-on “making” activities.  King explains that making can play an important role in ensuring that school is a relevant and engaging experience for students.

Steps Teachers Can Take to Get Girls and Minorities Interested in STEM by Deborah Farmer Kris | KQED News Mindshift

This article discusses the research findings that diversity gaps in computer science education are often a result of “structural and social barriers” for these three populations.  It states that schools need do more to create inclusive classroom environments that position them for success.  Included is a list of practical steps to help teachers build an inclusive community in the classroom.

Educators Discuss Integrating STEM Education Throughout Curricula by Alexandra Pannoni | U.S. News & World Report

This article recaps the main points discussed at the “Shattering Silos: Implementing Interdisciplinary Learning” breakout session at the U.S. News STEM Solutions Conference.  The panel stressed the need for integration in education to be explicit.

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