Participants in UAB's CORD program making a multicolored tower by pouring household liquids of varying weights into a cylinder. Credit: Sherrel Wheeler Stewart/WBHM.

UAB CORD Program Helps Students Get Ahead of the Curve in Science

Students in Alabama and throughout the South are back in school this month. However, long before the first day of school, hundreds of kids spent part of their summer in labs at UAB. The goal? Getting ahead of the curve in science class.

Dr. Willie May. Credit: National Institute for Standards and Technology.
Alabama / science / STEM

Parker High School, Family And Community Helped Propel Top Scientist Dr. Willie May

A recent study shows there’s good news for college graduates looking for jobs in STEM fields. Dr. Willie May, a graduate of Birmingham’s Parker High School, struck out on a path in science more than 45 years ago. Today, he’s one of nation’s chief scientists and heads the National Institute for Standards and Technology.

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Louisiana / Priming the Pipeline for STEM in the South / STEM

Priming the Pipeline for STEM in the South: STEM Status in Louisiana

A recent report indicating how well states are doing in preparing K-12 students for the STEM fields rated Louisiana “far below average.” The state by state “Science Readiness Index” takes into consideration not only students’ math and science proficiency scores but also teacher qualifications.

The view from a science classroom at nationally recognized Jefferson County International Baccalaureate School in Irondale, Alabama. Photo by Dan Carsen.
Alabama / Audio / Multimedia / science / STEM

INTERVIEW: Dr. Minda Berbeco On Alabama’s New Science Standards

Alabama’s State Board of Education is set to vote tomorrow on new K-12 science standards that would go into effect next school year. Most science teachers in the state say the new standards are better than the current decade-old ones. We wanted a national perspective too, so our Alabama reporter caught up with Dr. Minda Berbeco, Programs and Policy Director for the National Center for Science Education. He asks if she’s surprised there hasn’t been much controversy on standards dealing with evolution, climate change, and more.

Teachers in Blount County, Tennessee, listen as Julie Pepperman previews new Next Generation Science Standards at a science training.
Audio / science / STEM / Tennessee

Waiting For New Next Generation Science Standards

The National Science Board reports science and engineering workers earn an average of almost 40-thousand dollars more than most U-S employees. And careers in science and technology have grown faster than other fields for decades. But even as demand booms – companies are having a hard time finding highly-qualified workers to fill these kinds of jobs.

ASPIRE Inspires Teens Into STEM
Louisiana / Making The Grade / Poverty / science / STEM / Video

ASPIRE Inspires Teens Into STEM

LSU-Shreveport students are helping inner-city teens connect with science and math with a hands-on, after-school program known as ASPIRE – for After School Program for Innovation and Respect for Education.

Students search for sunspots through telescopes during a NASA/Destination Imagination event in a low-income neighborhood outside the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, June 7, 2012.
Audio / Interactive / science / STEM / Summer Learning Series / Tennessee

Summer Science Program Combines NASA Curriculum And Stealth Learning

Ever heard of “stealth learning?” That’s what its called when kids have so much fun with hands-on projects that they may not even realize it is learning. That’s exactly what a group of students in public housing in Knoxville, Tennessee, is experiencing this summer.

Using Art To Nudge Girls Towards Science And Math
American Graduate / science / STEM / Tennessee

Using Art To Nudge Girls Towards Science And Math

A program in Nashville offers a formula for getting more girls interested in science and math: mix a big dose of art with STEM. Sponsors say Art2STEM is making a difference for the girls who particpate.