While we’ve been very focused on STEM education technology develops, for this edition of the STEM Education Roundup we’ve instead gone more of a “national” theme. As you can see, between the NSF and the Department of Education, STEM Education is a very active space right now.
NSF Report on U.S. Students Flocking to Graduate Science Programs
A new report from the National Science Foundation finds that the number of graduate students enrolled in science, engineering and health programs increased approximately 30% between 2000 and 2010. The report finds that biomedical engineering is one of fastest growing S&E fields and has experienced the most rapid growth over the last decade (165%), and that the number of women graduate students in S&E fields also grew over the 10-year period. Read more (PDF)
Share Your Ideas on Improving Math Education with NSF and ED
The National Science Foundation (NSF) in cooperation with the U.S Department of Education (ED) is interested in input that can inform new activities and programs to support and improve K–16 mathematics education. Ideas are due by July 1, 2012. A request seeking ideas is currently published on the NSF website and can be found here.
The Nation’s Report Card Science in Action
The National Assessment Governing Board (NAGB) is hosting a panel of experts to demonstrate a number of hands-on and computer tasks administered during the 2009 NAEP Science Assessment which can provide information on student achievement in these areas.
The Nation’s Report Card Science in Action: Hands-On and Interactive Computer Tasks from the 2009 Science Assessment, which will be webcast, will explore how fourth-, eighth-, and 12th-grade students performed when asked to manipulate multiple variables or engage in strategic decision-making; how often students engage in classroom science experiments and report-writing; and much more. The event will take place within an interactive science exhibit at the Foundry Lofts in Washington, DC, at 10 a.m. EDT on June 19 and will be webcast. For more information, visit the NAGB website.