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Wrapping up our series on STEM and STEAM education

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We hope you’ve enjoyed our series on STEM and STEAM education over the past month. Here is a recap of the stories we posted, plus resources where you can find out more about the future of STEM and STEAM:

  • Lybba participates in the first Biohackathon LA event for students from LA’s Promise Manual Arts High School. 
  • Lybba invites readers to explore key questions about STEM and STEAM education
  • Lybba features RISD’s innovative STEM to STEAM initiative, highlighting the close relationship between science and design. 
  • Claremont Graduate University’s David E. Drew explains why we should be optimistic about education in the U.S.
  • Dr. Charles Zollner writes a heartfelt piece about how he got interested in STEM education
  • Two Bit Circus launches the exciting STEAM carnival for kids in downtown Los Angeles.
  • Lybba pays tribute to will.i.am as a musician and proponent of STEM education. 

 

STEAM education: where science meets design

At Lybba, we are particularly interested in the intersection of science and design, which is also the focus of STEAM education.  Here are some fascinating projects that bring the two disciplines together:

 

We’ll keep you updated on our continued involvement in exciting new STEM and STEAM initiatives.

A brief timeline of will.i.am’s STEM education advocacy

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Recording artist and producer will.i.am has won seven Grammies, but his impact extends beyond music. will.i.am is an outspoken advocate of STEM education, and he has leveraged his popularity to shine a spotlight on science. Here are a few examples of will.i.am.’s dedication to making STEM cooler than it already is:

2011 – will.i.am speaks at FIRST Robotics Competition and tweets that founder Dean Kamen is one of his heroes.

2012 – will.i.am broadcasts his single “Reach for the Stars” from Mars.

2013 – will.i.am announces he is going back to school to study quantum physics. 

Thanks, will.i.am, for raising awareness of STEM!

Schools of thought: Lybba examines STEM education

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Policy makers agree that STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education should be a top priority in American schools, but we are just beginning to discover the best ways to integrate STEM into existing curricula. Lybba is actively collaborating with thought leaders in STEM education to both shape the conversation and directly impact students.
 
Most recently, Lybba collaborated with The California Endowment, The California Biotechnology Foundation, and Wondros, to create the first Biohackathon event for high school students in Los Angeles. The Biohackathon event spotlighted educators who are making science exciting to a new generation of students and most importantly, it generated awareness about careers in biotechnology among students who may not have considered such a path. Other STEM initiatives are underway all over the country, and educators working hard to address questions with exciting implications for students and our future economy: 
 
  • How can we ensure that STEM education translates into real jobs? 
  • Which influencers are doing the best job of making science, technology, engineering and math compelling to students from all walks of life?
  • What STEM success stories have we seen so far and how can scale them?

In a series of upcoming blog posts, Lybba will explore these questions and more. We will examine the current state of STEM education and spotlight some of the innovators who are making STEM accessible to students from all socioeconomic backgrounds. We’ll also look at STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics) and spotlight some of the fascinating work being done at the intersection of art and science. 
 
We invite you to share your thoughts about STEM education as our series continues. What aspect of STEM would you like us to cover here?