The classroom is busy. Questions, answers, even laughter fill a space at Metro Early College in Columbus, Ohio. But the members of the class aren’t students, at least not most of the time. Instead, they’re teachers from some of Ohio’s most innovative schools – joined together through the Ohio STEM Learning Network, an organization founded in 2007 with help from Battelle and other supporters of STEM education.
For the last two days, these teachers have taken on the character of eighth grade math students. They’re playing this role to get some first-hand experience with a new way of teaching math, developed by the Mathematics Design Collaborative.Read More
Guest post from David Burns, Director of STEM Innovations Networks at Battelle What gets measured, gets done. The 2013 Tennessee state assessment scores, published yesterday by the Tennessee Department of Education, are evidence of that. This year’s class posted major gains in STEM. Algebra II scores alone jumped by more than 8 percent. Tennessee teachers, students, parents, Governor Haslam and Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman deserve a round of applause. By focusing on STEM as a state, they are creating more […]Read More
By now, I’m sure you’ve heard that the demand for qualified STEM workers will only continue to increase in future. Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics show that employment in STEM fields is expected to expand faster than employment in non-STEM occupations from 2010 to 2020 (17 percent versus 9.8 percent, relatively). Considering that growth in STEM jobs was three times faster than non-STEM jobs over the past decade, the difference in the number of openings is not surprising. Although this […]Read More
It can often be difficult to engage students in a traditional school environment. For Columbus City Schools (CCS), a solution to this problem came in the form of a STEM-centered field trip. During the month of February, The Ohio State University (OSU) hosted at least two high school STEM-related events: STEM Fest hosted by the Lambda Psi Engineering Honorary and STEM Initiatives’ Breakfast of Science Champions. The 4th annual STEM Fest took place at the OSU student union and hosted 225 […]Read More
To follow up on the previous post, this blog entry will focus on how to get an internship. For some schools, internship experiences are integrated into the curriculum. For example, at MC2 STEM High School, students are expected to have at least one internship experience before graduation. Every year, nearly half of the school’s 10-12th grade students participate in internships; by graduation, approximately 25-35 percent of the students have done multiple internships. So what is the key to this success? […]Read More
Internship. Career fairs put this word in the spotlight and college students turn their heads at its mere mention. Some would say that it’s just a fancy word for a part-time job, but an internship is much more than that. To students, internship opportunities are the gateway between the classroom and the office—a peek at the everyday environment and responsibilities of a job field or company. They are so crucial to students’ growth (in both the professional and educational sense) […]Read More