Teachers created STEMnet to give America a leg up
(Imagine courtesy of STEMnet)
The United States is lagging in education compared to the other developed countries. According to Education Week, the U.S. is ranked 31st out of 56 countries for high schoolers who are advanced in math and science. That is pretty shocking for the hegemonic power of the world!
But luckily the United States has plenty of people who are innovative and ready to give America the extra push she needs for education. Mark Wilcox, who is a chemistry teacher at Patterson High School in Maryland, struggled for years trying to find a way to share curriculum with other teachers so that everyone could tweak their lessons and eventually come up with the best lesson plans. But lucky for Mark, the education department put him and 29 other teachers in a room and asked them to come up with the best online solution that would better education.
Their brainstorming resulted in STEMnet teachers hub. In a way it is like Wikipedia, where one can edit each other’s curriculum, and others can access the lessons and use them. The hub will be used for discussing maths and sciences. Companies helping with this venture include AT&T, Northrop Grumman, Citigroup Inc, and IBM.
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