The Women@NASA have created a virtual mentoring programthat uses Skype or Google Chat to pair NASA mentors with students in grades 5–8 anywhere in the country. The program gives young students the opportunity to interact and learn from real engineers, scientists, and technologists, who explore the many fields that contribute to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Options for topics in the five-week program appear online. This video of a NASA GIRL building a model rocket with her family inspires the kind of joy STEM can stimulate. The Women@NASA hope that their stories will inspire girls everywhere to reach for the stars and explore the myriad of opportunities available to them through pursuing careers in STEM.
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.