Category Archives: STEM

3D Printing Growing Popular in High School, College

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Abby Daun likes running her fingers over the numbers and ridges of a small clock she designed and printed in 3D, according to a recent USA Today article. One of the reasons why SmarterSTEM loves 3D Printing as part of our 3D Pathway is because of the deeper connection it makes with students.

The seventh-grader at Webster Stanley Middle School has a knack for 3D printing, and said she chose to make a clock for her first project because the design is simple and complex at the same time.

“I can actually hold something I made,” she said. “I didn’t have to do much. I just designed it and it printed out like that.”  READ MORE


Hands-On Projects Make Science Class Fun

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All Hands On Deck

At SmarterSTEM we believe in project-based forms of education which connect theory to reality for students and teachers. How many fond memories do you have of textbooks, lectures and exams? It’s the team-oriented, results-driven, hands-on projects that inspire curiosity, and students agree.

“It’s the hands-on aspect I like the best,” said student Nick Clement of Tustin High School’s T-Tech engineering program which built SmarterSTEM’s Racer8 in class.  In our podcast interview he said building the go-kart in class made it “…more interesting to see how things work and how they go together.” Continue reading



NOVA Workforce Development & Independence HS Host Advanced Fuels Workshop

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Students learning about Electric Cars at the NOVA Workforce Development / East Side Union HSD Advanced Fuels Workshop

Students and parents visited the Advanced Fuels workshop at Independence High School. The program was hosted by NOVA Workforce Development and Independence HS. The focus of the event was to explore alternative fuels, their impact on transportation and environment and possible career pathways in the industry.

Students demonstrated their own STEM related projects, including CAD automotive modeling and custom Arduino Kits with code. Each participant had a chance to explore Independence’s electric car lab, identify components on the vehicle, work with tools and schematics and see how they work to power the vehicle.

Some lucky students even got a chance to test drive the electric car!


STEM Education Jobs in High Demand

STEM Education - Instructor Training for Electric Car Assembly, including chassis, suspension, brakes, electrical, battery, charger.

Automotive instructors in Northern California receive training in electric car assembly through SmarterSTEM.

Whether you’re a teacher, counselor, or administrator, you just may have the background and experience to quickly and easily implement a cutting edge STEM program. Jump over to Monster.com for 1000+ job listings in STEM Education, or become a STEM Coordinator via another want ad from the Boys and Girls Club. Half of STEM jobs go unfilled in Arizona, according to the Arizona Office of STEM Education.

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NY Times | Rising Call for STEM over Liberal Arts

More STEM, Less Liberal Arts

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(New York Times) When the Kentucky governor, Matt Bevin, suggested last month that students majoring in French literature should not receive state funding for their college education, he joined a growing number of elected officials who want to nudge students away from the humanities and toward more job-friendly subjects like electrical engineering.

Frustrated by soaring tuition costs, crushing student loan debt and a lack of skilled workers, particularly in science and technology, more and more states have adopted the idea of rewarding public colleges and universities for churning out students educated in fields seen as important to the economy. READ MORE


PODCAST 102 Our Shop Just Got a Whole Lot Bigger

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On this episode Alex and Mike talk about the big expansion plans underway at the Electric Auto Shop adding more STEM pathways. See our latest curricula at EFCC 2016 in Sacramento, California, March 6-8, 2016.

Sacramento Convention Center March 6-8th, 2016
EFCC website: https://2016.educatingforcareers.org/front

Electric Auto Shop is now a part of SmarterSTEM, providing multiple pathways for STEM education. Today’s STEM classrooms use new technologies to inspire students and while we will continue bringing electric vehicles and alternative fuels to our students via Electric Auto Shop, we will bring new ideas like our 3D Curricula Pathway, which uses 3D printing and design to unlock a multitude of new projects for students, from electric vehicles, to drones, to medical prostheses. Continue reading


ars technica | Why it’s critical for the next gen to be tech creators not consumers

Microsoft_Article01_AyahBdeir_ARS_1_retina-640x426It’s important for students to learn the nuts and bolt of technology via hands-on training, rather than simply being users of the technology. On a recent podcast (LISTEN) we talked about an article in ARS Technica, “Why it’s critical for the next gen to be tech creators not consumers.” Continue reading