STEM literacy is for everyone! STEM literate individuals are able to use concepts from science, technology, engineering and mathematics to understand complex problems and to innovate with others to solve them. A STEM literate person considers how STEM can improve the social, cultural, economic, and environmental conditions of their local and global communities. Building STEM literacy ensures we have both the scientists and global citizens we need to thoughtfully build equitable and sustainable futures.

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March 7, 2016, 12:25 p.m.

School Librarians Advancing STEM Learning 

This three-year project includes training school librarians and STEM teachers to collaboratively build literacy-focused, STEM lessons for K-12. The goal is to support professional learning cohorts to elevate and expand the role of school librarians as leaders in building cultures of inquiry, STEM learning, and literacy.

Visit the Project Hub to connect with working groups and find resources created by our fellows! 


Community for Advancing Discovery Research in Education

CADRE is a network for STEM education researchers funded by the National Science Foundation's Discovery Research K-12 (DR K-12) program. Through in-person meetings, a web site, common interest groups, newsletters, and more, CADRE connects these researchers who are endeavoring to improve education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics in, and outside of, our schools.


The Opportunity Project

In early 2016, the White House, the U.S. Census Bureau, and the U.S. Department Housing and Urban Development facilitated a process in which tech developers worked with subject matter experts and cities to build digital tools that help families, community leaders, local officials, and the media to access what they need to thrive.

Learn more and get involved

News and Research

March 7, 2016, 12:18 p.m.

Reading, Writing and Relevancy: Integrating 3R's into STEM

The Open Communication Journal2015, 9: 61-64

Shirley Lefever-Davis, Cathy J. Pearman

This article will describe the importance and essence of making STEM instruction relevant through a problem-based learning approach at the same time promoting students' literacy skills. Specific suggestions for instructional strategies that can be used effectively in a problem-based curriculum to promote competence and interest in STEM areas will also be described.

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Implementing Quantitative Literacy at Southwestern Community College, North Carolina

Results of preliminary statistical analysis suggest that students enrolled in the new Quantitative Literacy (MAT 143) course performed better on a quantitative reasoning assessment, on average, than their peers enrolled in similar traditional courses at SCC.

Numeracy: Vol. 8: Iss. 2, Article 9. 
Vicki ToddSouthwestern Community College
John WagamanWestern Carolina University
Available at: http://scholarcommons.usf.edu/numeracy/vol8/iss2/art9


School Librarians and STEM in the Digital Age

A powerful shift is in progress where, increasingly, librarian expertise in inquiry, 21st learning skills, and information literacy is becoming critical to STEM learning and classrooms and to the development of cultures of inquiry that extend beyond the boundaries of their schools.

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A Call to Action to Advance Climate Education and Literacy

Climate education and literacy are a critical part of this STEM skillset and are particularly important for building a 21st-century workforce, where tomorrow’s community leaders, city planners, and entrepreneurs have the information, knowledge, and training to make sound decisions and grow businesses in the context of a changing climate. 

Read More      Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network on OER Commons

STEM Literacy and OER Commons Webinar

Date and Time: Wednesday, March 9th, 2016 9:00 am PST 

Join The Webinar

Description: ISKME will be presenting the first in a series of OER webinars, on STEM Literacy & OER Commons. This webinar will guide attendees through using OER to address STEM inquiry through literacy, targeting CCSS science literacy as well as science inquiry standards, by using a collaborative toolset on OER Commons. We will introduce the new STEM Literacy Hub on OER Commons, the NGSS alignment and browsing tool, and the STEM Inquiry Open Author template, an OER lesson template focused on building textual evidence now being piloted among K-12 librarians and STEM teachers in NH. Attendees will come away with a deeper understanding of how to utilize OER Commons to find STEM literacy resources, as well as how to use the tools for creating, finding, and aligning OER.


Building STEM Literacy

Resources designed to prepare educators for collaborating across the curriculum to build STEM literacy, interest, and engagement that will inspire students toward STEM college and careers.

Building STEM Futures

Whether you are preparing for college, pursuing a career in STEM, or want to engage in your local community as a citizen scientist, there are many ways to engage and learn.