Albert Einstein is no Caped Crusader. But as a comic book, his theory of relativity can pack as much punch as any superhero–at least in Japan, where students have learned math and science from manga (comic books) for decades. Now, a U.S. publisher has translated a host of these STEM comics, giving English readers access to manga versions of subjects ranging from calculus to biochemisty and yes, relativity.
From wild rice cultivation to shelter design to tool-making, Native American traditions are steeped in STEM. Native American engineers and scientists have built on that legacy to benefit modern society. Celebrate Native American Heritage Month by learning more about the country’s notable tribal STEM trailblazers and their contributions.
The U.S. Navy now spends $60 million a year on STEM education, but Navy Secretary Ray Mabus wants to double that amount over five years, officials say. The expanded effort is directed particularly at elementary and middle school students in rural and urban communities – not just areas with existing naval facilities – and at university freshmen and sophomores, too many of whom now drop out of science and engineering.
The ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp (BHSSC) is a free, academic program for students entering grade 6,7, or 8 in the fall of 2010. Held on college campuses across the country, these 2-week residential camps provide activities, experiments, projects, and field experiences to enrich students’ mathematics, science, technology, and communication skills; introduce students to college life; and stimulate their interest in science and engineering as a potential career path. Campers attend classes that include problem solving, study, research, writing and communication skills. 2011 information to be announced.
The eleven states and the District of Columbia, which won the Race to the Top competition, will divvy up a prize of $4 billion in federal education grants. But the ultimate winner may be STEM education. All the winning states have plans to bolster STEM subjects and to fully integrate them into their future K-12 education reforms.
Thanks to a $7 million government grant, Carnegie Mellon University’s Fostering Innovation through Robotics Exploration (FIRE) program is giving kids hands-on experience with robots. The researchers hope to combat a national decline in the number of college students majoring in science, engineering, and math.
The STEM Clubs Network, which caters to schools in the United Kingdom, also provides best practice information, professional advice, shared resources, tips, and more for starting and running STEM-based extracurricular clubs for the middle and high school levels.
STEM clubs are sprouting up in schools across the nation, cultivating curiosity about STEM subjects and building a pipeline of much needed future professionals. These clubs appeal to a wide array of students and are a great way to develop teamwork, leadership, and other life skills.
The Force & Motion sequence of City Technology, The City College of New York (CCNY), consists of four curriculum units that integrate math science, engineering and literacy across the elementary grades. For each, teachers can find lesson plans, down-loadable curriculum guides, and standards alignments. For more activities and lessons, see City Technology’s projects page for educators.