STEMpact

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...

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...

Integrating computer science in schools

By myralopez on October 15, 2017 in STEM, STEMpact, Teacher Leadership

More than 100 years before the invention of the modern computer, the idea of computer programming existed. Created by a gifted mathematician named Ada Lovelace who wrote instructions for the first computer program in the mid-1800s. “The takeaway from her work is that computational thinking is not...

STEM TQ: developing STEM-capable teachers

By myralopez on July 16, 2017 in STEM, STEMpact, Workshop

Michelle Harrison was scared. She has a fear of touching dead things. And now she was tasked with dissecting a pig heart. But instead of dodging the assignment, Harrison faced her fear, grabbed the scalpel and went to work. “It was eye-opening and I’m so glad I did it,” said Harrison, a sixth-gra...