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ED Releases guide to federal funding for science and stem education
December 6, 2022

On December 6, 2022, the U.S. Department of Education released a Dear Colleague Letter which details how states and districts can use Federal funds to support STEM and science education. Examples and resources in the ED letter include how federal funds can be used to improve student access to materials and equipment needed to support inquiry-based pedagogy and active learning. For example, federal funding can be used to enhance STEM school-based laboratories, makers spaces, and other specialized learning spaces. Specifically, Title I, Part A funds can be used to update existing STEM-related labs and lab materials or other specialized learning spaces to support inquiry-based STEM or maker activities, and Title IV, Part A funds can be used to purchase devices, equipment, and STEM-related software, including simulation applications, to address readiness shortfalls. (ESEA section 4109). The Department of Education is strongly encouraging state, district, and school leaders to refer to the letter as they work to leverage education pandemic funding (American Rescue Plan and ESSER), funding from the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), funding from the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, and Perkins V.  

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science instruction needs the same attention as math and English
December 19, 2022

A look at the challenges facing science education in California, nicely presented in this commentary from our colleague Jessica Sawko, statewide director of the California STEM Network.

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science and math teaching need an upgrade
January 3, 2023

“As presently operating, American public K-12 schools aren’t up to the job. Far too many of our children graduate from high school without enough knowledge of mathematics and science to prepare them for college, much less for a career. They aren’t even educated sufficiently to judge news reports and public policy proposals that require mathematical and scientific knowledge.” Read more from the Real Clear Education commentary written by David Randall, Director of Research for the National Association of Scholars.

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A STEM Student’s Journey to NASA
The Clipper – October 31, 2018

19-year-old Clarie Calicdan, a STEM student from EvCC, beams with pride as she gives a recount of her internship at NASA’s Stennis Space Center in Hancock, Mississippi. The center is the largest rocket engine test complex in the country.

Calicdan spent her summer working at its ASTRO CAMP®, which is a series of week-long summer camps that are part of the NASA Out-of-School Time Learning and Human Exploration Organization initiatives, which seek to provide opportunities for learners to engage in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) educational activities.

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