NSF Outlines STEM Recommendations in New Report

A recent report from the National Science Foundation's (NSF) National Science Board calls for a new NSF research agenda to identify and develop the next generation of STEM innovators. The board developed a STEM agenda built on findings from a two-year study on math, science and engineering education in the U.S. The report, entitled "Preparing the Next Generation of STEM Innovators," provides recommendations that are intended to help set funding priorities at NSF for STEM education in the coming years. Overall, the board's report encourages policymakers to view STEM and innovation issues as integral to the national discussion on education. Read the report ...

Summer of Innovation 2010 Launched by NASA

In support of President Obama's Educate to Innovate campaign, NASA launched a new STEM education initiative on June 10. NASA's Summer of Innovation provides thousands of middle school teachers and students the opportunity to participate in evidence-based summer learning programs in the math and sciences. These multi-week math and science-based pilot programs will occur through the summer at locations across the country. The program's goal is to cultivate a new generation of aspiring scientists, mathematicians, and engineers with an emphasis on increasing the participation of low-income, minority students. The program also will include flagship events and design competitions open to students and teachers nationwide.

Massachusetts Leads in STEM Degrees, But Students Losing Interest

Massachusetts ranks first in the country in patents per capita, SBIR awards and in R&D spending as a percent of gross domestic product (GDP), according to the latest version of the Index of the Massachusetts Innovation Economy. Though the report finds that the state's innovation economy is growing and, in many ways, suffered less than others during the economic crisis, it recommends taking action to increase student interest in STEM careers and to help launch new businesses.

Feds, Private Companies to Invest $250 Million in STEM Teacher Training Programs

President Obama announced five new public-private partnerships to train more than 10,000 new math and science teachers over the next decade. The partnerships, part of the White House's "Educate to Innovate", represent a $250 million investment in STEM education. Read the announcement at:


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