Innovation in STEM Education is All the Rage

“Educate to Innovate”, “Change the Equation”, “Prepare and Inspire”, “Is America Falling Off the Flat Earth”, “Rising Above the Storm”…engaging titles for programs and reports highlighting the crisis in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education in our schools. Since the release of the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s Benchmarks for Science Literacy in 1993, governments, schools, students, teachers and communities have looked for innovative approaches to improve the learning of STEM topics.

What about you? Do you have an approach you want to share? BayBio Institute partner EnCorps is launching its inaugural STEMposium to be hosted at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco on April 1, 2011. STEMposium will showcase groundbreaking ideas for teaching and learning science, math, engineering, technology, and integrated STEM.
A key component of the STEMposium celebration is a video contest. Great people with great ideas, professionals and companies, nonprofits, students and teachers are invited to share innovations in how to teach, learn and engage STEM in the classroom through a 60-second video.

  • Videos should be simple, just you and the camera for 60 seconds.
  • In your video, explain your great idea for learning or teaching STEM.
  • Submit your video by January 31, 2011.

From the submissions, a panel of experts will select twenty presenters to be featured at the April 1st STEMposium and a total of $25,000 in cash prizes will be awarded to the top innovators. The Silicon Valley Education Foundation is offering a $500 prize to one exceptional Silicon Valley educator, student or innovator who submits a video byMonday 1/24.

Assisting with STEMposium is only one way that BayBio supports STEM education in California. Bio-Community.orgbrings life science volunteers into Bay Area classroom to support students and teachers in STEM-based learning.

Students from some of the top science education programs in the region will also participate in the first ever BioMed Innovation Night in Sacramento on February 1st, displaying scientific posters and projects. CHI and partners BayBio and Pricewaterhouse Coopers will host state legislators, government officials and their staffs at a reception during which industry, research and education partners will show interactive displays of their biomedical innovations, followed by a dinner and keynote presentation on diabetes.

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