The nonprofit National Math + Science Initiative’s College Readiness Programaims to increase the number of students taking and earning qualifying scores on math, science, and English AP tests. Besides intensive teacher training and mentoring, the initiative offers Saturday study sessions for students. It alsoprovides resources to both teachers and students, such as test-prep books, calculators, and mock tests. Training events include 14 months’ of special access to hundreds of lessons and resources that teachers can use all year, across math, science, and English disciplines. Teachers can preview what the open resources and lessons have to offer by downloading freeteacher lessons for use in their math, science, or English classroom. The program also pays a portion of students’ cost to take the AP tests and awards teachers $100 for each passing score, plus a $1,000 bonus if a certain percentage of students in specific classes score 3 or higher. Each student who scores at that level is also awarded $100. In addition to earning college credit, students may qualify for advanced placement in college courses if they take AP classes. The program is focused in parts of the country where science and engineering industries drive the economy.
Three new guides from the Voya Foundation’s National STEM Fellowship and the National Network of State Teachers of the Year give educators ideas on how to provide high-quality STEM career engagement experiences for their students.
STEM Sports provides turnkey K–8 supplemental curricula that use sports as the real-life application to drive STEM-based, hands-on learning in classrooms, afterschool programs, and camps across the United States.
Carnegie Institution for Science has launched a new suite of websites that were designed to be as creative as their researchers and to showcase the scale of their expertise, spanning from genomes to ecosystems and from planets to the cosmos.