In a speech on February 5, 2013 at the American Enterprise Institute entitled “Make Life Work,” House Majority Leader Eric Cantor addressed the need to encourage students to go into STEM careers through showing the value of choosing STEM professions to high school seniors.
Similarly, in his State of the Union address on February 12, 2013, Barack Obama used his position to challenge teachers, administrators, and students alike to “create classes that focus on science, technology, engineering and math, the skills today’s employers are looking for to fill the jobs that are there right now and will be there in the future.”
We’re glad that both parties are bringing STEM education to the forefront of the national debate. Our math and science alumni are leaders in encouraging and mentoring students in the sciences – creating classes and encouraging students. The call for a new science curriculum may involve coming up with new teaching strategies and techniques as well.
We’ve found the following websites offer some great tools for incorporating science and math into the classroom in interesting and engaging ways:
The Twitter account @STEMconnector also offers a lot of links on a daily basis.
There are dozens of other sites and we’re sure you all have your favorites. If you want to let us know, so we can share them with other alumni, send them to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll post them so all of our candidates and alumni can share.