STEM and more STEM at USF
And for today's dose of buzz-word soup, we bring you two pieces of news from the University of South Florida that are brimming with STEM, STEM, STEM. That's Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, if you haven't heard (read: if you've been living under a rock), the big new thrust for education.
First, USF announced it got almost $1.2 million from the National Science Foundation -- the school's largest grant from the NSF this year -- to help an assistant professor study what exactly makes students choose educational pathways into those fields. Will Tyson has been studying the issue for years, well before it was trendy, USF says.
Not long after, USF sent another news release bragging that its College of Education just got $430,000 from the Helios Education Foundation for middle school teachers in STEM fields. The money will help provide the teachers yearlong residency programs in those real-life fields.