Posted by Carter on November 11, 2013

Dear Reader, if you have read any of my blog posts in the past (which puts you in very exclusive company) or have ever heard me speak at a conference you know that STEM Fuse was founded due to one word – “how”. We believe when it comes to STEM education and high school curriculum development the greatest positive difference can be made by always thinking about the “how”....

Posted by Eric on November 07, 2013

It is easy to define STEM: Science, Technology, Education, and Math. This doesn’t really tell us what STEM is and how it is important today more than ever. With the growth of technology in everyday life, it might be time to change the thinking of what is STEM to what isn’t STEM. Even modern cars being sold today have over a million lines of code! Let’s just think about that for a second. The essential function of a car (transportation) has remained unchanged since it’s inception. But what...

Posted by Deb on November 07, 2013

Okay, let me just preface this article by saying that I will probably be dating myself with the examples I use here. But, I guess it’s worth the risk. After all, I do have two plus decades in the educational system and I am a mom to three very active kids. It’s safe to say I’m not in my 20’s anymore. Because of this, I think I can reflect back and have a unique perspective on...

Posted by Summer on November 05, 2013

Growing up in Iowa gave me a unique perspective on life and allowed me to learn much more than “Reading, Writing and Arithmetic.” Let me start by saying I loved school, and still do. Which I guess is appropriate given I work for an education company. However, much of what I learned in my younger years was learned outside the classroom…and by outside I really do mean OUTside....

Posted by Jessica on November 04, 2013

In doing research, I found that there really is not one set definition for the term, Open Educational Resources (OER). However, the definition provided by “OER Commons” (http://www.oercommons.org/) seems to be the best one found.

“Open Educational Resources (OER) are teaching and learning materials that are freely available online for everyone to use, whether you are an instructor, student or self-learner. Examples of OER include: full...

Posted by Adam on November 01, 2013

Let’s go back, back to a time when children didn’t poke fun at you because your phone still flipped or that you thought Foursquare was a childhood game. While society continues to move forward, so goes the integration of technology and education. There is a bond between education and technology, one that has moved from information crammed deep within a textbook to one found scattered on different devices and screen sizes. There is a new wave of exciting companies armed with applications...

Posted by Kari on October 28, 2013

If you’re like me, it’s been a few years (okay, maybe more than a few!) since you were a high school student.   In that time, education in America has significantly changed.  Gone are the days of a teacher standing in front of the classroom, lecturing while students passively take notes.  Today’s classrooms are much different. 

Students learn so much better doing rather than simply listening, which is why schools...

Posted by Carter on August 20, 2013

Did you know that according to Forbes magazine almost $25 billion dollars of private money has been invested in startups geared at creating or improving technology for teachers?  Let me clarify, $25 billion in 2012 alone!  All toward giving technology for teachers a much needed boost.

But here’s the thing.  Why don’t these innovations make it into the classroom?  ...

Posted by Carter on July 30, 2013

I Founded STEM Fuse, because I was convinced I was going to lose my job.  How’s that for motivation?  I was working as a college admissions & recruiting manager for a Minnesota college system.  My goal was to fill STEM degree programs (computer science, IT, health sciences, engineering, etc.) with high school students.  Problem was there were not very high ...

Posted by Carter on June 25, 2013

I think it safe to say that STEM as a concept has taken hold.  That is the idea of teaching science, technology, engineering and math as interwoven subjects usually around a single project or design creation.  At STEM Fuse we use games, mobile apps and health science (health informatics, biomedicine and biotechnology) as the subject and design correlating true STEM lessons and projects within the courses themselves.  There are many effective ways to do it, we certainly are not the last word...

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