STEM

mySci’s Arch Hour of Code Challenge

By myralopez on November 29, 2018 in mySci, Science, STEM

In 1933, St. Louis attorney Luther Elly Smith conceived of a monument honoring Thomas Jefferson and his vision for westward expansion. In 1947, a national design competition for a monument was launched. Architect Eero Saarinen’s stainless steel Arch was chosen the winner, and construction o...

Op-ed: Creating a STEM-strong St. Louis

By myralopez on November 22, 2018 in Science, STEM, STEMpact

STEM is all around us, from the complex to the simple. Take your smartphone, for example. This device wouldn’t be possible without the brainpower of engineers. Additionally, improved treatments and cures for diseases are possible because of scientists and medical professionals who have a deep und...

Video: Taking STEM TQ lessons back to the classroom

By myralopez on November 5, 2018 in Science, STEM, STEMpact

It was with apprehension that Kelly Abraham sat down in July for her first day of STEMpact’s two-week STEM Teacher Quality (STEM TQ) Institute at Washington University in St. Louis. Of the 150 K-8 teachers taking part, she was the only fine arts teacher, and not really sure how much of it would b...

ISP has plan to boost math instruction, hires two math specialists

By myralopez on August 24, 2018 in Faculty & Staff, STEM

How many times have you heard people say, “I’m not good at math?” It’s become such a common refrain that the statement usually draws laughs or nods of agreement. But why is it socially acceptable to say you’re bad at math but not to say that you’re bad at English or reading? Most people would [&h...

Sign up for STEM Leadership workshops!

By myralopez on August 23, 2018 in Science, STEM, STEMpact, Teacher Leadership, Workshop

STEMpact’s Leadership Series is a series of workshops for school and district administrators, principals, coordinators, coaches, teachers, and leaders. Directed toward individuals and/or teams interested in bringing a stronger STEM mindset and intention to school and classroom practices. The lead...

STEM TQ experience inspires teachers to create garden club

By myralopez on August 17, 2018 in Science, STEM, STEMpact

Like the nation’s former First Lady Michelle Obama, teachers at Barack Obama Elementary School are using gardening to teach students about health, math, and science. Working under the guidance of teachers and Monsanto volunteers, students at Obama Elementary recently took to the school grounds to...