Sep 28 2012

A K–12 Primer for STEM Success

New resource rounds up information and advice for creating strong science, technology, engineering and mathematics programs.

Strong science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education programs have been widely hailed by everyone from Big Bang television star and real-life neuroscientist Mayim Bialik to President Obama as key to the nation's economic success.

The U.S. Department of Labor projects that 2 million STEM-related jobs will come online by 2014.

Despite high interest from educators and others, shrinking budgets have made investing in STEM education more difficult than most schools could have imagined.

Our latest primer features a compilation of resources to build and sustain a strong K–12 STEM education program. Whether you're looking for classroom best practices, professional-development resources, advice on how to build strong STEM leadership or statistics that will help you make the case for greater STEM investment, our hope is that you'll find it in one of the resources below.

Using the Environment to Drive Interest in STEM [Infographic]

Environment to Drive Interest in STEM

Want a clear picture of the importance of STEM in schools? Look no further than this infographic from the National Environmental Education Foundation.


How to Bring STEM to Life in the Curriculum

Bring STEM to Life

Traditional teaching methods tied to vague concepts just won't cut it. This article features examples of STEM programs that use real-world science and math challenges to help students learn the process of discovery.

How to Build a STEM Leadership Team

Build a STEM Leadership Team

Placing the responsibility of developing and maintaining your district's STEM program on one person is risky. Find out how a team made up of school and district leaders can create a more dynamic program.

Why Schools Should Include Professional Development in Their STEM Strategies

Include Professional Development in STEM

Don't leave teachers and staff out of your STEM strategy. Learn why professional-development programs are essential in providing teachers with new skills and creating enthusiasm for STEM initiatives.

Schools Showcase Ways to Maintain STEM Program Funding

Schools Showcase Ways to Maintain STEM

Funding is a top concern for school communities interested in establishing and sustaining a long-term STEM program. This article, which first appeared in the Summer 2012 issue of EdTech magazine, shares pointers on identifying potential resources to fund STEM initiatives.