Tomorrow’s innovators and inventors must access high quality, inspiring STEM learning today—every step of the way from preschool through college. In 1960, when EDC published the PSSC Physics textbook, we became a pioneer in STEM education. Today we remain a pioneer, as we identify and advance effective new strategies to foster a STEM-powered workforce and citizenry. In all of our work, we improve the quality, effectiveness, and equity of STEM education by providing scalable solutions to complex challenges. In 2014, we are focusing on five aspects of STEM education:
We help teachers engage PreK–3 students in meaningful STEM inquiry and problem solving that makes the most of their natural curiosity. Our curricula and professional development help teachers deepen young students’ understanding of mathematics, science, and engineering in developmentally appropriate ways. Through R&D and evaluation, we advance the field’s knowledge of interventions—including those that make use of technology—that can help close STEM opportunity and achievement gaps and set the stage for later school success. Learn more about our PreK–3 STEM work.
Mathematics and science proficiency is key to all successful STEM learning, achievement of career goals, and an informed citizenry. We are dedicated to ensuring that all students enjoy challenging mathematics and science experiences that awaken their passion for the disciplines and improve their achievement. Our approach emphasizes building “habits of mind”—ways of thinking, mental habits, and research techniques that mathematicians and scientists draw upon—to deepen their understanding of mathematics and science. Learn more about our Science, Mathematics, and Technology & Learning work.
Out-of-school time (OST) programs have a unique ability to engage young people in fun, meaningful STEM learning that helps them explore STEM careers and enhances their learning in school. Nationwide, we help OST programs enrich young people’s OST STEM learning. Many of our OST STEM initiatives have a special focus on technology and engineering, the sometimes overlooked “T” and “E” in STEM. We also conduct research that provides new insights into effective OST STEM education. Learn more about our Out-of-School Time STEM work.
Too few high school graduates are proficient in STEM and ready for college and careers. Drawing on our unique approach to Grade 9–12 project-based STEM learning, we help districts “reinvent” high school to better prepare all students. We support colleges and business partners in developing and strengthening pipelines to STEM careers. And, we conduct research on STEM learning and share strategies to create new pathways to STEM college and career success—especially for students from under-represented groups. Learn more about our College and Career Readiness STEM work.
We draw upon translational research to bridge the gap between STEM education research and practice. Translational research engages STEM education researchers in collaborating with stakeholders to ensure not just that research informs practice, but that stakeholder insights and expert knowledge guides research and program design. Nationwide, we work to “give stakeholders a stake” through strategic information dissemination, participating in and promoting researcher-practitioner partnerships, and leading national initiatives with a strong focus on translational research. Learn more about our Research and Evaluation work, much of which focuses on STEM education.