I have to congratulate PBS for winning an Emmy this summer for their series “Design Squad Nation” in the “outstanding new approaches” in children’s daytime television category. Like STEM, the programming encourages students to "be creative, solve problems, and make things that help people." Funded by NSF, the show encourages authenticproblem solving, but also helps students, particularly girls and minorities, imagine themselves in engineering careers. The series also features a website, complete with project ideas and games: Design Squad Nation.
In the video segment below, the series challenged kids aged 5-19 to spend their summer vacation recycling, reusing, and re-engineering everyday materials to create the next great green invention for the 2010 Trash to Treasure competition. The winning inventions that are featured include: The Smarter Toilet" (a water saving device); "Sibling Soaker" (a homemade dunk tank); and "MiBike" (a bike that holds a backpack and protects a kid from rain and snow).
The purpose of this blog is to explore Louisiana's strategy and capacity for advancing STEM education, careers, and workforce for all. Louisiana has its own array of STEM assets, strengths and approaches in place - thus this site is designed to discover these strategies and activities. Not just a PK12 issue - all stakeholders, higher education, workforce development, economic development, business & industry, are welcome to participate. Hopefully the site will pose and answer questions that will ultimately help guide and focus diverse partners in this effort.