Posted by Adam on December 12 2013

STEM Fuse Develops Free “Hour of Code” Game Project

Sioux Falls, SD – According to the U.S. Department of Labor there will be more than 1 million open computer programming jobs in the U.S. by 2020. Meanwhile, less than 2.4% of college students  graduate with a degree in computer science and that percentage has fallen steadily over the past decade.

To reverse this trend, and significantly grow the number of computer science students within the U.S. the Hour of Code...

Posted by Dylan on July 07 2015

Computer Science is moving into the basic core subject areas of education in grades five through twelve. Common subject areas plus their respective sub-categories include: 

English
    Composition 
    Literary Understanding

Math
    Algebra
    Geometry 
    Trigonometry
    Calculus 

History
    American
    World
    Geography 

Physical Sciences
    Biology 
    Chemistry...

Posted by Carter on December 12 2013

As we are well into the 21st obvious that technology is changing, and for the most part, improving our lives. In some cases the U.S. K-12 education system has been a driver, if not a creator of these technological advancements. Think the CMS industry. In other cases the U.S. K-12 system has been slow to adapt. Think biomedicine. Century (anybody remember Y2K?) is has become beyond

There are many reasonable reasons (is that even close to grammatically ok?) why the U.S. K-12 system has...

Posted by Kari on August 08 2015

 

Our GAME:IT curriculum has been a huge success with both teachers and students and is now taught in all 50 states and 7 foreign countries and in over 4,000 schools.  But does it really teach 21st Century skills that will help students prepare for the workplace?  The answer is YES!!!

GAME:IT is an introduction to computer programming through game design. The focus of this curriculum is to build a strong foundation in...

Posted by Jessica on December 12 2013

Have you noticed STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Academies popping up all over the US in the last few years? Why are they becoming such a big deal? Here is the short answer…The US needs to make changes if we want our children to have jobs and our economy to thrive. Currently, there is a disconnect between the skills that many US employers need an employee to possess and the number of candidates that are actually qualified to fill that need. In fact, there are...

Posted by Kari on March 03 2016

STEM Fuse will be hosting a hands-on demonstration on GAME:IT, our exciting computer programming course that incorporates all the facets of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math).   

About GAME:IT 
What better way to teach computer programming than by building video games?!?  In this course, students will learn about variables, loops, conditional statements, functions, arrays and more while building 4 different...

Posted by Shane on April 04 2014

The 2013 Winter Got Game Bonus Pack bundle is now available for download on the STEM Fuse Arcade. This download contains many of the finalists and other great games from the Winter 2013 Got Game competition. Click here to...

Posted by Shane on June 06 2014

As a curriculum development company, we don’t just choose to randomly create a course.  We identify what courses are missing in high schools and what careers are on the rise.  Then we find industry professionals and teachers to...

Posted by Kari on June 06 2015

Kevin Dick is a Tech Ed teacher from Mankato West High School and has been named our June Teacher of the Month. 

STEM in the classroom:  
West High School offers a Game Design course to students as a means to explore the design process and integrate STEM disciplines along the way.  Once students grasp how important and...

Posted by Dylan on June 06 2015

Mad Science or Medicine? 

Metaphorically, technology and medicine are holding hands making enormous strides of success together. Consider that not long ago in the grand scheme of things, the ultrasound machine was non-existent. That meant that no parent could find out the gender of their child or children for that matter. No doctor could visualize any prenatal defect or prepare for said defect(s). Nowadays any motivated mother or parent could simply purchase an in-home portable...

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 Dylan on June 06 2015

Homeschooling is a growing trend in the United States, and now STEM Fuse is making it easier for homeschooled students to keep up with new age teaching methods and courses. STEM Fuse is offering all Homeschools a discounted price on the majority of their fully-stocked courses, but only for a limited time.

Surprisingly, there are many students that are educated in a home school environment. Dr. Brian D. Ray reports, “There are about 2.2...

Posted by Tyler on November 11 2013

According to the 2011 National Survey on STEM education, STEM educators reported a lack of funding and professional development for teachers as the two major barriers to the realization of 21st century classrooms. Due to the growing need for quality STEM training and material many education grant sources are placing STEM education as a top priority at all grade levels.

STEM education grants work to attract and retain students in STEM disciplines, strengthen the STEM...

Posted by Kari on July 07 2015

Science teacher, Sara Peloquin, plays a critical part in providing the technology rich environment by teaching many of the STEM courses at Spectrum High School in Elk River, MN.  Sara teaches Chemistry, Physics, Astronomy, Environmental Science and Robotics.  This last year, Spectrum High School purchased the STEM Fuse GAME:IT ...

Posted by Jessica on November 11 2013

Twice a year STEM Fuse offers a competition for students all across the United States to put their best coding skills to work with a program/software called Game Maker. The “Got Game?” Contest is a natural offshoot of STEM Fuse’s GAME:IT programming courses that were created to inspire middle school and high school students to learn how the individual facets of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) come together when developing a video game. Students are required to “dream up”...

Posted by Kari on July 07 2015

Free website design curriculum for high schools.

Too often, teachers continue to teach technology that is obsolete because they are comfortable with the material and are afraid...

Posted by Deb on December 12 2013

E-Learning.  You have probably heard this term a lot.  In fact, by now most of us (or our children) have taken some online courses to supplement or earn a degree.  But, perhaps you don’t know what all it includes.  It’s not simply what most think of as just learning on the computer without a teacher (asynchronous learning –usually self-paced).  It is much more than that.  E-learning is described as the use of any electronic media and information and communication technologies used in...

Posted by Dylan on July 07 2015

When society thinks about building a digital game, whether it’s an app game, 2-D platformer, or a full-fledged video game, some believe that a team of glasses-wearing coders are glued to a computer screen for 15 months. While some coders may wear glasses, there is so much more to creating a game than society may realize. It would take years to properly break down every aspect of game building in great detail so here are 5 central areas of game building, which some people may not have...