Inside Wis: Amid debate over Common Core, STEM consensus offers lesson

March 7, 2014

By Tom Still

MADISON – Although it’s a safe bet most people in Wisconsin know little if anything about the debate over nationwide academic standards, the so-called “Common Core” guidelines under fire in the Legislature, they’ve probably heard of STEM education.

That’s an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, a collection of subjects that many experts, parents and business leaders believe should be taught more in American schools as a matter of global competency in a competitive age.

In fact, STEM is so relatively accepted that the original acronym has spawned at least two variations – STEAM, which adds arts to the mix to promote creativity and design thinking skills, and ESTEAM, which folds in entrepreneurship and the notion of applying STEM knowledge to solve real-world problems.

Gov. Scott Walker and others may have their problems with Wisconsin’s Common Core standards, which have been in the works since 2009, but when it comes to STEM education, his office proclaimed next week as “STEM Week” in Wisconsin. The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction recently rolled out a modest grants program for schools that want to enhance STEM programs, and many statewide groups are working to make science, technology, engineering and math a bigger part of the curriculum. Read More

‘Wisconsin YES’ youth biz plan contest open for entries online

January 27, 2014

MADISON – Wisconsin Youth Entrepreneurs in Science, a statewide youth business plan contest modeled after the successful Governor’s Business Plan Contest, is open for online entries from Wisconsin middle- and high-school students through 5 p.m. March 17, 2014. Read More

Waukesha County student wins 2nd annual ‘Wisconsin YES’ youth biz plan contest

June 12, 2013

Sara Linderman, an 8th grader at Pilgrim Park Middle School and a resident of Brookfield, is the grand prize winner in Wisconsin YES!, a youth business plan contest for students in middle and high school. Read More

Seventeen entries advance to second phase in ‘Wisconsin YES!’ youth biz plan contest

April 16, 2013

A statewide panel of judges have selected 17 entries to advance to Phase 2 of Wisconsin YES!, a youth business plan contest for students in middle school and high school.   Read More

Marathon County student wins Wisconsin YES! student business plan contest

June 16, 2012

Tyler Ebert, a June graduate of D.C. Everest High School in Schofield and a resident of Weston, is the grand prize winner in Wisconsin YES!, a youth business plan contest for students in middle school and high school. Read More