Two Arizona STEM education programs that are part of Science Foundation Arizona’s new AZ STEMworks Database pilot have been ranked among the best programs of their type in the nation.
To make the grade, the two programs met the Design Principles for effectiveness in STEM education established by Washington, D.C.-based Change the Equation, an organization whose corporate members are committed to ensuring more rigorous STEM learning for all pre-K-12 students. The Arizona programs are:
- The Power of Data Project – In the Northern Arizona University program, high school math, science and career/technical teachers analyze spatial data using geospatial technologies to propose solutions to authentic local problems then teach the same lessons in their schools.
- The Champions for Change – The Tucson-based Blue Marble Institute uses the appeal of world-renowned champions and explorers to engage youth in science, language, arts, innovative technology, engineering and design and math through compelling hands-on projects.