National Math + Science Initiative Blog


The Hour of Code is Here: Join the Largest Learning Event in History!

There is a widening gap in America's workforce in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Many of our current STEM professionals are nearing retirement, and fewer and fewer students are actively pursuing STEM degrees and careers, such as engineering or coding. Recognizing this immediate STEM crisis, the Computing in the Core coalition and joined forces to create the Computer Science Education Week, an annual program dedicated to raising student and societal awareness of the importance of computer science education. A centerpiece of this national event is the ...

Changing the Conversation on STEM Education

Original post by Dr. Bonnie J. Dunbar can be found here. Katie Speights, UT Austin chemical  engineering student, with Dr. Bonnie  Dunbar. Katie was the winner of the  International NAE Film Competition. In 2005, the National Academies published Rising Above the Gathering Storm (RAGS), which provided clarity to what many of us had suspected with respect to science and math education in this nation.  Complementary NSF data documented the declining interest in high school graduates to follow STEM careers. The 2010 National Academies report Rising Above the Gathering Storm, Revisited: Rapidly Approaching Category 5 lamented ...

Engineers want to thank a teacher

Nominations are now open for teachers to be considered for National Engineers Week Foundation's DiscoverE Educator Recognition Program. Nominations will be accepted through March 8, 2013, and winners will be announced in April. Up to three winners will each receive a trip to Washington, D.C. for recognition in June 2013, a $2,000 cash prize, 3M digital projector and 3M gift pack of classroom supplies. Their engineer/student nominators will also receive the trip to Washington, D.C. Teacher nominees must be full-time U.S. or international school-based educators teaching in grades 6-12 and they ...

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