New STEM Academy seeks to boost professional development

The Siemens Foundation, in conjunction with Discovery Education, Oak Ridge Associated Universities and the College Board, is kicking off a new nationwide initiative, The Siemens STEM Academy. The Academy is designed to advance science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education in the U.S. by engaging educators across the country through hands-on and multimedia professional development opportunities.

The national Siemens STEM Academy encompasses the following four elements:

"Siemens Teachers as Researchers" (STARs)
A two-week residential professional development and research immersion program for select middle and high school teachers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

"Siemens STEM Academy" Institute
A week-long STEM immersion program that will enable 50 select teachers to gather and engage with today's critical science thinkers and other peers across the nation and visit leading institutions to see real-world applications of STEM subject matters.

"STEM Academy Online" Portal
A national portal and online community at

"Brains of Science Connect" Webinar Series
A monthly Webinar series that gives educators the chance to interact with today's eminent scientists, personalities and thought-leaders, and extend that experience to their students through customized, standards-based content.