Spotlight on STEM in Schools

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On STEM in Schools

Education Week's Spotlight on STEM in Schools brings together a collection of articles hand-picked by our editors for their insights on:

  • One public school's blending of the science, technology, engineering, and math disciplines
  • Courses on renewable energy and 'green' technology
  • Learning science through informal experiences and educational television
  • Playing games in the classroom to strengthen students’ math skills
  • Using unconventional textbooks and other materials to help struggling middle schoolers become ‘algebra-ready’
  • Research on the qualities of effective math teaching
  • Experiential approaches to STEM as a curriculum

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For the past two decades, Baltimore Polytechnic Institute has remolded its curriculum around blending disciplines known as STEM—science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
June 9, 2008 – Digital Directions

Courses focused on renewable and alternative energy are taking hold across the country as educators seek to channel students’ concerns about the environment and conservation into classroom lessons.
February 4, 2009 – Education Week

A new study finds solid evidence that educational television and games can boost students’ scientific knowledge.
January 28, 2009 – Education Week

A growing body of research is revealing the potential benefits of using board games in the classroom to strengthen the mathematics skills of children, particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds.
April 30, 2008 – Education Week

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Catching Up on Algebra
The push to ensure that all students, not just the academically gifted, take introductory algebra and do so earlier has gained widespread acceptance in U.S. schools over the quarter-century since A Nation at Risk advocated strengthening graduation requirements in math.
April 23, 2008 – Education Week

The uncertainty about math-teaching skills emerges at a time when policymakers at all levels see a need to boost students’ math and science achievement as a key to sustaining the nation’s future economic health.
April 2, 2008 – Education Week

"We must first recognize STEM as a unitary idea, not simply a grouping of the four disciplines in a convenient, pronounceable acronym," write Jan Morrison & Raymond V. "Buzz" Bartlett.
March 4, 2009 – Education Week

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