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STEM

Stories about STEM, the acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, a set of related academic disciplines commonly associated with innovation and sought-after careers. Some regions and school districts focus heavily on these fields, and in others, a lack of funding, staffing or student interest has become a concern.

A 14-year-old freshman from Pennsylvania won the 2022 Congressional App Challenge with RecybleBot, an app that analyzes photos of objects to assess what percentage of them are recyclable material.
Grants of up to $5,000 from TVA will support science, technology, engineering and mathematics-related programs in seven states, from robotics competitions to botanical studies and community problem-solving.
Most of the 48 recipient school districts intend to use the funds to pursue project-based learning, community engagement, entrepreneurship, student-centered classrooms and extracurricular STEM activities.
Scirra’s Construct 3 software allows middle and high school students to create 2D and 2.5D mobile and online video games. The tool is used in over 400 U.S. schools across 48 states, and other classrooms worldwide.
The charter school organization was awarded a $4 million Education Innovation and Research grant from the U.S. Department of Education early last year and launched a pilot program at a handful of high schools.
By inviting students to create their own versions of Roblox, Minecraft and Unity, a school in Houston is introducing them to Python, HTML, CSS and Javascript to help them build sites and other tech creations.
The university plans to launch a program to support up to 10 community-based innovation pilot projects which will draw from traditional indigenous knowledge and practices to preserve local ecosystems.
Nearly $1 million in state grant funding will go toward STEM student recruitment and retention through merit-based scholarships. The effort will focus on students in the STEM areas as well as health science majors.
After starting a free tutoring service, 17-year-old senior Athena Hernandez of The Bishop's School in La Jolla, Calif., published a new book aiming to teach Spanish-speaking children the basics of coding in Python.
A regional initiative is building out a list of locations and events involved with vocational education programs or featuring hands-on activities related to science, technology, engineering and math.