As we’ve noted, the country’s less than favorable showings in math and science standings have led to creative ways to get students interested in those subjects. Here’s a look at some of our favorite STEM stories from 2012:
The White House held its second-ever science fair to celebrate students winners of science, technology, engineering and math competitions across the country. Watch the video to see some brilliant students talk about everything from landmine detection to germ-killing lunchboxes. Joey Hudy of Phoenix even got to fire his marshmallow cannon in the State Dining Room. How awesome is that?
The winners of the 2012 Siemens Foundation conducted some fantastic, potentially life-changing research this year.
Siemens also held the We Can Change the World Challenge, encouraging students to find green solutions to global problems. The high school winners’ ingenious proposals included ways to cook in third world countries without burning wood and resourceful methods for powering life-saving devices.
The WitsOn forum was founded to connect young women interested in math, science and engineering with women from Harvard, the California Institute of Technology, Princeton, Stanford, Cornell, and MIT, among others. Though more women earn college degrees than men, they lag in STEM-related degrees. This program aims to remedy that, along with answering questions on a whole host of topics.