Teaching & Learning

STEM Initiative

The Pennsylvania STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) initiative is a program instituted by the National Governor’s Association and the Team Pennsylvania Foundation. Established in 2007, the program promotes excellence in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math.  In Pennsylvania, this initiative partners state agencies, business, secondary education and higher education to develop and implement programs that provide students hands-on opportunities to work on real-life issues in their field.

In addition to STEM, five states, Colorado, Hawaii, Minnesota, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia have joined forces with the National Girls Collaborative Project to form Innovation America.  The goal of this program is to increase opportunities for women, minorities and underdeveloped groups to enter career fields represented by STEM.

Pennsylvania has established five regional networks.  Each region has their own website and information on activities/programs within their region. 

  • Northwest
  • Southwest
  • Central
  • Northeast
  • Southeast

An excellent opportunity for teachers and students is the Real World Design Challenge.  These are projects designed to connect students with mentors using an online collaboration tool.  The 2008-09 challenge focused on aeronautics and energy change.  After learning the basics of the design, teachers and students worked to develop innovative solutions to the challenge designated for that year.

Additional information on STEM or the National Girls Collaborative Project can be found on their websites. 

Additional Resources:

Preparing for the Perfect Storm.
A Report on the Forum. Taking Action Together: Developing a National Action Plan for Address the "T&E" of STEM.

Innovation America.
Building a Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Agenda.

Attributes of STEM Education.
Teaching Institute for Essential Science publication regarding the attributes of STEM education.



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