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ScienceEducation.gov Featured on the new White House Innovation Gallery

December 10, 2010 - 10:27am

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The White House recently posted ScienceEducation.gov (beta version) to its Innovations Gallery – a part of the White House Open Government Initiative.

The Innovations Gallery celebrates the innovations that advance the President’s commitment to a more open and effective government. At the Innovations Gallery, the public can browse new ways in which agencies across the Executive branch are promoting transparency, participation, and collaboration to achieve their mission. ScienceEducation.gov has been identified by OSTP as a new way of championing open government.

U.S. Federal science agencies offer a wealth resources and materials for classrooms. Yet these resources have not been easily accessible or searchable to the public via a single, online portal that provides a friendly interface.

Through an interagency collaboration initiated by the Department of Energy, ScienceEducation.gov uses open source software in a Web 2.0 platform to provide the public with easy access to government Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education resources.

By way of a free, web-based gateway, ScienceEducation.gov lets the public search for information from 15,000 STEM education resources created or funded by federal agencies (See video). Content is searchable via a single query. ScienceEducation.gov encourages broad participation and collaboration to provide accessible and transparent resources. Search results are stratified by type of resource and grade level, and the education community and other users may participate by rating resources, commenting, and suggesting “tags” or labels to aid others in finding appropriate STEM education materials.

President Obama has made STEM education a national priority over the next decade. “Reaffirming and strengthening America’s role as the world’s engine of scientific discovery and technological innovation is essential to meeting the challenges of this century,” said President Obama. Our nation’s future competitiveness in the global marketplace is directly tied to the ability of our schools to prepare children in the STEM fields. ScienceEducation.gov helps ensure that this happens by making STEM resources widely available.

For more information, email: info@scienceeducation.gov. @scienceeducation.gov>

Andy Oare is a New Media Specialist with the Office of Public Affairs.

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