There is no single "right" science, technology, engineering and math lesson, but an ideal lesson incorporates components to solving a real-world problem and getting hands on, educator and author Anne Jolly writes in this blog post. She describes the 11 components of a good STEM lesson and offers links to resources and sample lessons.
An inclusive culture -- along with accessible physical spaces -- are needed to buoy the number of students with special needs completing degrees in science, technology, engineering and math fields, suggests Ed Stein, director for the Center for Inclusive Design and Environmental Access. Luticha Doucette, who works in science and uses a wheelchair, describes the cultural and physical barriers that delayed her education.
A collaboration among groups and agencies -- including the UN Foundation's Girl Up and the US State Department -- is organizing science, technology, engineering, art and math programs for secondary-school girls in several countries. Following the Women in Science camps, participants are expected to spread their learning to others through workshops, science fairs and other activities in their home countries.
The number of Washington state students majoring in computer science is increasing as is enrollment in other science, technology, engineering and math-related fields, according to data from the state's Education Research & Data Center. Data also show a 60-40 ratio of men to women majoring in STEM, unchanged for the past decade.
Craigslist founder Craig Newmark has pledged $1 million in matching funds for science, technology, engineering and math projects posted by teachers on the fundraising site DonorsChoose. Most of the money will fund classroom projects of less than $1,000, but Newmark set aside $100,000 for STEM programs for girls and another $50,000 for STEM projects generating Twitter interest.
The Cleveland Cavaliers and Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. are giving a $500,000 in-kind donation to an Akron, Ohio, school district to expand its science, technology, engineering and math programs. The money will be used to buy teaching materials and construction improvements, and the Cavaliers also pledge support with speakers, presentations and field trips.
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