Closing the STEM skills gap in St. Louis

STEM TQ facilitator Leon Sharpe (center) listens to Ameren renewable energy expert Patrick Justis explain the science behind electric vehicles.

If the St. Louis region is to close the gap between what its workers know, and what its businesses need, it must play the long game. That’s why St. Louis’ leading employers, school districts and Washington University in St. Louis united to form STEMpact, an organization dedicated to improving science, technology, engineering and math education […]

Helping educate the next generation of female leaders

As a community college student in Pittsburgh, Tasha Jordan, a graduate student at Washington University in St. Louis, was frequently the only African American and the only woman in her advanced math and science classes. “I wasn’t supposed to like math because I was a black girl, but I would dream square roots,” said Jordan, […]

University announces College Prep Scholarship

THURSDAY, JUNE 30, 2016 - Cohort 1 (rising high school seniors) held their closing dinner Thursday in the Mudd Multipurpose Room. This was the last residential summer for this cohort. Provost Holden Thorp and several students from his class this summer played together in a Motown-like band at the dinner.  PLEASE SEE DIANNE KEAGGY FOR CAPTION INFORMATION Photo by Jerry Naunheim Jr./WUSTL Photos

Washington University in St. Louis has announced a major new scholarship initiative that will support low-income and first-generation students from the St. Louis region. The College Prep Scholarship will provide a Washington University undergraduate education to qualified graduates of its College Prep Program, a competitive, multiyear program that prepares high-achieving, low-income local students for college. […]

Connecting K-12 students to college

K-12 Ambassadors partnered with the Ferguson Florissant School District to host a STEM Day for students at Airport Elementary.

For Laura Motard, a sophomore majoring in Neuroscience at Washington University in St. Louis, volunteering has always been an important part of her life. When she arrived at the university, she wasted no time in connecting that passion to the needs in her new community. As a freshman, Motard joined K-12 Connections, a program run […]

Engaging students in exploration

His fans call him Mr. Roco, and he may be the most famous member of the Institute for School Partnership (ISP) team at Washington University. Each week Mr. Roco visits local schools with the MySci Investigation Station, where he is often met with screams from his adoring, or slightly terrified, fans. Mr. Roco is, after […]

Heroes and monsters: experiencing the classics

For many professors at Washington University in St. Louis, the passion they have for their area of study started at a young age. A simple experience along the way caught their interest, and that interest stuck. Professor Timothy Moore in the Classics Department in the School of Arts & Sciences says that middle school is […]

A novel approach to engineering

A voice crackles over the intercom, calling for the attention of all engineers in the building. However, the listening ears belong, not to adults, but to the students of Bermuda Elementary in the Ferguson-Florissant School District. The students at Bermuda were about to participate in the first of many all-day builds as a part of an […]

ISP joins national network to grow STEM teaching force

The Institute for School Partnership (ISP) at Washington University in St. Louis commits to advancing the goals of recruiting, preparing, and retaining 100,000 science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) teachers by 2021. New York, New York, February, 2016 —100Kin10, a national network coordinating and accelerating efforts to bring 100,000 new excellent science, technology, engineering, and […]

Bringing arts to K-12 community

On the morning of December 4th, students from schools across St. Louis filed into the Edison Theater at Washington University in St. Louis to see Washington University Dance Theatre: Shadows & Light. This is not the first time local schools have been invited to see the work of WashU’s Performing Arts Department (PAD). In fact, the […]

Building a school culture of trust and respect

Rowhea Elmesky has a quiet presence. As the room around her buzzes with ideas and opinions, she listens quietly, gently nodding and allowing each statement to filter through her mind. It is as if she is checking each thought, carefully considering every perspective. It is only after this process that she speaks. Elmesky is an […]