Aspire to Inspire (a2i) is a NASA program that encourages young students, particularly girls, to learn about early career scientists and engineers at NASA by watching short films and using social media to connect with other females in the STEM field. The program maintains a conversation with students through Twitter updates and the a2i Engage page. Students can also leave a post on the Women@NASA Facebook page.
In smaller rural schools, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education can face troublesome barriers. In our K–12 district of 730 students, we have many of the common obstacles, including limited funds, no extra faculty, and an already overloaded class schedule. These three join arms to block us from using any of the really cool programs we’d like to. Other institutions sing praises of cutting-edge programs and share their successes. Meanwhile, rural schools are trying to figure out how to educate equally deserving kids in STEM.
Each month we publish blogs and several newsletters full of digital learning, funding, professional growth, social media, and STEM resources. Below are items from our blogs and newsletters that educators turned to the most in May.