STEM Corner

Thanks to the Juneau Empire for giving the Juneau STEM Coalition a monthly space!  Look for new articles on the 4th Tuesday of the month on page A3.  Columns are written by members of the Juneau STEM Coalition on a variety of topics related to STEM. Also be on the lookout for “STEM Activities”, outlined in every article!


Juneau Graduate Applies STEM in the Real-World, at Abuse Shelter (October 2, 2018)

This is the first in an occasional series in which we invite Juneau School District graduates to explain how they are incorporating their interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields post-high school. Abigail Taylor-Roth is a 2015 Juneau-Douglas High School graduate, whom we caught up with at the end of summer. Her insights reminded us that there are important real world STEM connections that we can make beyond technological advances in industry and larger data sets. Her unique math and social science background led to a new perspective on important social issues.

Appreciating Juneau’s Educators (August 31, 2018)

This summer, the Juneau School District said goodbye to Jennifer Thompson, a 25-year veteran primary teacher and founding member of the Juneau STEM Coalition. As we wish Thompson luck on her next great adventure (teaching in Brazil), we want to take time to celebrate her contribution to our schools and our community and to reflect on her practices as an educator.

Use observations to make connections on the trail and in the mind (July 24, 2018)

In the midst of this great summer for hiking, take a moment or two to step off the trail. Many thanks to Steve Merli and Discovery Southeast for writing the July STEM Column.

Drawing science: Field sketching for beginners (June 26, 2018)

Kathy Hocker wrote a wonderful piece about getting kids – and the rest of us – outside, notebook and pencils in hand.

Sea Week: A Juneau success story (May 22, 2018)

Sea Week is a wonderful, (very!) long-running STEM collaboration between JSD and Juneau STEM enthusiasts. Peggy Cowan wrote this article, in which she gives kudos to the amazing parents and teachers who started Sea Week long ago, includes a lovely reflection by Sea Week “grad” Michael Kohan who’s grown up into a STEM career, and explains the work of JSD and others to update Sea Week and keep it as engaging and relevant as ever.

Sketching student STEM representation (April 26, 2018)

What does a scientist look like? The Draw-a-Scientist Test measures students’ perceptions of who scientists are now and who CAN be scientists in the future.  Do Juneau’s students perceive scientists as diverse people just like them? Or do they believe  there is one demographic that “fits the mold” of a scientist? The following tables are supplemental materials to this STEM Corner article:

What’s a ‘Math Brain’? (March 27, 2018)

People aren’t just born being good at math. It takes time and practice to develop skills! Learn more about how you can help combat the false belief that you can either do math, or you can’t. Check out the activities on “Which One Doesn’t Belong” to practice your ‘math brain’!

Celebrate career and technical education (February 23rd, 2018)

Career and Technical Education (CTE) prepares students for college and careers by applying academic skills with employability and technical, job-specific skills. Read this article to learn more about opportunities for CTE in Juneau schools!

What does STE(A)M look like in preschools? (January 23, 2018)

STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) education in pre-k classrooms helps to promote learning and creativity in children. This month’s STEM Corner article discusses the ways in which STE(A)M can be incorporated into pre-k classrooms and the benefits of doing so.

STEM isn’t just for kids (December 26, 2017)

STEM education is just as important for adults as it is for kids! Read more to learn about the benefits of STEM learning for adults.

‘Did I do this right?’ (December 13, 2017)

Local marine mammal scientists dive into the classroom to teach students about the bones and muscles in marine mammal skulls.

Surrounded by Code (October 24, 2017)

This article is all about coding! Using technology is one thing, but CREATING technology is another.

STEM: Establishing effective curriculum in schools is important (September 14, 2017)

This article discusses the importance of STEM integration in schools and including Art in STEM education

Start the school year with some STEM fun (August 18, 2017)

STEM education isn’t just for older students! This article highlights STEM activities for K-2 students

Why is STEM so important (July 21, 2017)

What is STEM education and why do we need it?

STEM in the summer: Cool activities for our hottest months (June 30, 2017)

Summer STEM activities for families to do together!

If at first you don’t succeed… (May 20, 2017)   

Learn more about STEM and learning from failure