STEMpower[ed], the “one-stop shop” for STEM information in Silicon Valley
Submitted by Tommy Cornelis on August 21, 2012
Developed by Silicon Valley Education Foundation (SVEF) and IBM, STEMpower[ed] is a comprehensive, easy-to-use website that serves as a “one-stop shop” for STEM resources for parents and educators in the Silicon Valley. It explains what STEM education is and why it is important. Using crowdsourced program listings, STEMpower[ed] offers a catalogue of Silicon Valley’s STEM-related programs for students. To help families and educators select the best programs for their needs, the website provides both user-contributed program ratings and the Key Elements of Exemplary Program (KEEP) Standards. Developed by SVEF’s STEM Advisory Board in partnership with Stanford University, Bayer Corporation, and the Department of Education, the KEEP Standards provides a platform for comparison across different STEM programs. This platform can be helpful to parents, educators, business partners, policy makers, funders, and any other stakeholders interested in assessing the quality, impact, and scalability of a STEM program. The website also contains the most up-to-date research papers and community events related to STEM education. Because the content is largely crowdsourced, the website is constantly updating. Join the STEM movement and share your STEM content at STEMpowered.svefoundation.org.