May 10, 2012

STEM Roadmap

Chemistry beakers with fluid

After years of consideration, the Idaho State Board of Education now plans to develop a new approach to teaching science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in kindergarten through college. Proponents argue a new emphasis on STEM education is essential to help Idaho's students be competitive in the nation's economy. Stakeholders are gathering for a STEM Summit this week in Boise to discuss ways to implement new curricula, programs and policies designed to improve STEM education and to help educators better integrate STEM subjects in the classroom.

Joan Cartan-Hansen talks with two STEM Summit leaders, Kathleen Bergin, National Science Foundation Program Director from the division of Math and Science Partnership; and Marilyn Whitney, Chief Communications and Legislative Affairs Officer from the Idaho State Board of Education. Cartan-Hansen and her guests will talk about how they see Idaho's classrooms changing, how educators can make math and science more appealing to students, and how various education stakeholders can support STEM teachers.