Letter from Executive Director

STEM Gift Guide

Upcoming Grant Programs

News & Notes

Volunteer Roundup

PD Spotlight
In this Photo: More than 25 educators joined us for our second session of our Project-Based Learning through Teacher Externships program last week! Teachers from schools across Southwestern Pennsylvania explored PBL and how the cross-curricular approach can empower students to understand and solve real-world issues.

As 2018 comes to a close, I first want to wish you and your families a wonderful holiday season and a happy new year!

I also want to take the time to reflect on ASSET’s impact and growth and highlight some of our new activities this year. The generous support of our participants, members, contributors, volunteers, staff and board have helped improve teaching and learning for educators and learners in our community throughout the year.

Over the past 24 years, ASSET has developed as a national nonprofit leader in STEM teaching and learning, providing highly-effective professional development for educators; hands-on, minds-on learning materials to educational organizations; and innovative learning experiences for all students.

This year, ASSET launched new programs, developed new partnerships, and continued to engage, inspire, and empower all learners through...

Click here to read more from ASSET's Executive Director, Cynthia Pulkowski.
Give Them STEM: Help us break down barriers to STEM education
This holiday season, please consider making a donation to help provide equitable learning opportunities for all learners through the Access ASSET Scholarship fund.

Too many educators are unable to access the training and instructional materials they need to prepare all students for a future that is increasingly dependent STEM. The Access ASSET Scholarship Program provides no-cost training and instructional STEM materials. 

Double your impact. Dollar-for-dollar, your donation to Access ASSET will be matched by Bayer, up to $10,000.
STEM Gift Guide: I nspire curiosity and empower exploration
As our world becomes increasingly dependent on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), STEM learning shouldn’t be limited to just the classroom.

STEM toys and activities are a great way to keep kids engaged and motivated to explore real-world topics.

Click here for some of our favorite ideas for STEM toys for all ages.
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Check out our Grant Programs Page to stay up to date on our latest programs.
NexTier Bank Supports ASSET through EITC
Thank you to NexTier Bank for its generous support of STEM education! NexTier recently pledged to donate to ASSET through the PA EITC ( Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program ) program. We’re so thankful that #NexTierGivesBack. 

Project-Based Learning Institute Aims to Guide Local Educators to be Ambassadors of Change in Their Districts
ASSET announced it will kick off an innovative training program to equip teachers with skills and tools to create a student-focused culture for learning. The Project-Based Learning Institute will be offered to educators at no-cost, thanks to grant funding from The Heinz Endowments.
Read the full news release here .

ASSET STEM Education Expands Operations with Addition of Two New Team Members
ASSET recently welcomed two new members to the team – Elaine Lucas-Evans and Ellen Pomerantz. 
Read the full news release here.
Our PD team recently worked with several teachers on the engineering module "Catching the Wind - Designing Windmills." In this training, teachers thought like mechanical engineers to design and create wind-powered machines, while going through the Engineering Design Process.
The Creative Care Childcare Center in Montgomery County hosted an exploration of the "Fabric" module. The Professional Development session was part of the Pre-K STEM Up program to train early childhood educators in Philadelphia on STEM practices and content, funded by the PEW Charitable Trusts. 
More photos from our second session of our Project-Based Learning through Teacher Externships program. Educators will participate in 3 days of Professional Development on PBL and a half-day externship at a STEM-related business.
Thank you to our volunteers! Our volunteers help clean, pack, count and sort our hands-on STEM materials, to keep them affordable for schools. 

Interested in volunteering as an individual, group or company?  Click here.
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