Integrating computer science in schools

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 device-dependent,” said Jaime Gilligan, instructional specialist with the […]

STEM TQ: developing STEM-capable teachers

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-grade teacher at […]

STEMpact helps increase interest in STEM at the Capitol

It’s midday at the Missouri State Capitol and the pizza line snakes around the third floor rotunda. A sure sign that it’s not business as usual in Jefferson City. March 2 was STEM Day at the Capitol which drew nearly 50 exhibitors and many more students and educators. A smiling Elizabeth Petersen mans the STEMpact […]

ISP receives Boeing grant for STEM education initiative

The Boeing Company has long understood the importance of improving STEM education in the St. Louis region with its continued support of the Institute for School Partnership at Washington University in St. Louis. The Boeing Company recently awarded the ISP a grant for STEMpact, a unique collaboration of the St. Louis area’s top STEM companies, […]

‘Eye-opening’ STEM Leadership workshop

Admittedly spending most of his time in his “little world of the classroom” means Marvin Kopf doesn’t have a lot of time to be up on the newest STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) practices. Hopefully, that’s about to change for Kopf, an eighth grade science teacher with the St. Louis Public School District. He was […]

Monsanto Fund awards $200,000 grant to Institute for School Partnership

The best way to develop STEM-capable students is to develop STEM-capable teachers. Instilling awareness of science, technology, engineering and math education needs to happen in elementary school – when it matters most. The Monsanto Fund has awarded the Institute for School Partnership (ISP) at Washington University a $200,000 grant to support the STEM Teacher Quality […]

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 […]

Eyeing a higher salary? Look at STEM jobs

(August 05, 2016 by Mary Shapiro, St. Louis Business Journal) The efforts to grow the STEM labor pool extend outside higher education. Webster and Washington University are among partners involved in STEMpact, a collaboration of St. Louis’ top STEM companies that’s combining the resources and human capital of corporations and academic institutions to help STEM […]

Improving STEM integration in schools

After an action packed two-week institute for teachers this summer, STEMpact and the Institute for School Partnership at Washington University in St. Louis returned this fall to deliver a STEM Leadership Series to school leaders across Missouri. Partnering with the Missouri Math and Science Coalition, the series focuses on how to deeply integrate STEM (science, technology, […]

STEMpact program equips educators to foster love of science in students

(July 23, 2015 by Rebecca Rivas, The St. Louis American. Photo by Wiley Price)Scientists at Sigma-Aldrich, a chemical-supply company in Midtown St. Louis, turned down the lights in a classroom-size laboratory, where about 50 K-8 school teachers stood around lab tables wearing white coats. When the scientists combined two chemicals, the mixture glowed a magical […]