The National Science Foundation is awarding up to 18 multi-year grants for efforts that promote science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) in PK–12 schools. The awards this year are expected to total $10 million to $20 million, with individual awards ranging from $400,000 to $2 million apiece.
Alongside Google’s annual developer conference last week, the company held its fourth annual Youth I/O event at the Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, CA. Neary 150 students in grades 5-7 from around the Bay Area participated in activities that focused on digital storytelling, inventing, science and computer science (CS), according to a company blog post.
Students from around the world will participate in Destination Imagination's 17th annual Global Finals competition in Knoxville, TN, May 24-27, showcasing their innovative solutions in a tournament format.
Marcia Osterink is a Southern California arts teacher and the creator of Arts Attack, an award-winning art curriculum designed for K-8 that’s available on DVD and streamable online.
Digital Promise has selected four schools for its filmMAKER Challenge, a contest supported by Chevron that asked students to reinvent an everyday product into something "more sustainable, beautiful or accessible," and submit a short documentary about their experience. California, Pennsylvania and Vermont schools were chosen and will present the winning projects at upcoming Maker Faires.
University partnerships offer benefits for K–12, especially for STEM and STEAM programs — and not just in the ways you might expect. From expertise and mentoring to hands-on experiences and career exposure, the positive results of working with higher ed faculty impact students and K–12 educators alike.
This May, 100 teams of middle and high school students will compete in the 15th annual Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC) National Finals outside Washington, D.C. The Final Fly-Offs will be Saturday, May 13.