|Second Look - Focus Issue: Mathematics in a STEM Context|
STEM: An Advocacy Position, Not a Content Area
More and more these days, in educational meetings, conferences, and policy arenas, the talk is that “it’s all about STEM.” STEM is an acronym for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, and it has rapidly become a driving force in educational policy and funding decisions in the United States. Read more to learn about both the strengths and the problems with the current STEM discussions across our professional communities, as past president J. Michael Shaughnessy sees it.
TEAMS Enhances Critical STEM Learning
NCTM is collaborating with the Technology Student Association (TSA) to support TEAMS, Tests of Engineering Aptitude, Mathematics and Science, an annual competition for middle and high school students designed to help them discover their potential for engineering.
Using science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and 21st century learning skills, students work together to problem solve real-world engineering challenges and issues facing our global society. The TEAMS competitions are based on annual themes from the National Academy of Engineering’s Grand Challenges. The 2013 theme is “Engineering A Secure Cyberspace.”
Mathematics of Planet Earth
Dozens of scientific societies, universities, research institutes, and foundations all over the world have banded together to dedicate 2013 as a special year for the Mathematics of Planet Earth. NCTM is proud to be one of those partners.
Included are resource collections for two themes. A Planet to Discover includes topics such as: oceans, meteorology and climate, mantle processes, natural resources, solar systems and a planet to a planet organized by humans. A Planet Organized by Humans includes focuses on: political, economic, social and financial systems, organization of transport and communications networks, management of resources, and energy.
MTMS April 2010 Focus Issue on Technology - Online Version
MTMS April 2010 Focus Issue on Technology - Back Issue available for purchase