Past Events

September 27, 2010
Raytheon Company Chairman and CEO William H. Swanson, chair of BHEF, and Brian K. Fitzgerald, executive director of BHEF, announced three new activities to help policymakers and educators tackle the challenges associated with improving STEM education—both P-12 and higher education—in the United States:

  1. An intuitive Web-based version of the BHEF U.S. STEM Education Model that makes it more widely accessible to policymakers and educators.
  2. A State STEM Education Modeling Project that will employ the modeling and simulation approach used to create the U.S. Model and apply it to the unique characteristics of states.
  3. A new STEM Report, " Increasing the Number of STEM Graduates: Insights from the U.S. STEM Education & Modeling Project," that delivers fresh perspectives on the United States' STEM challenges and offers solid recommendations to address these challenges.

For more details about this event, please click on BHEF’s joint news release with Raytheon. Also, please click on the links to a couple of tools about BHEF's STEM effort:

STEM Research and Modeling Network Webinars

July 29, 2010
This webinar will showed the state-level modeling work underway, including recent developments in the Ohio-based STEManalytics project as well as the community college modeling project in Louisville, Kentucky. Click here to see the PowerPoint presentation of the webinar.

July 22, 2010
This webinar demonstrated the updated web-based user interface for the U.S. STEM Education Model and shared preliminary results of new modeling runs examining the impact of teacher layoffs on U.S. STEM Education. Click here to see the PowerPoint presentation of the webinar.

March 18, 2010
This webinar demonstrated the user-interface of the U.S. STEM Education Model and garnered feedback to incorporate changes to the interface prior to its formal release. Click here to see the PowerPoint presentation of the webinar.

October 21, 2009
BHEF on Oct. 21 hosted the first in a series of STEM Research and Modeling Network (SRMN) Webinars. The event included the first live demonstration of the U.S. STEM Education Model since Raytheon donated it to BHEF in July, and explored the potential to use modeling to examine other critical issues that impact outcomes in STEM disciplines. Click here to see the PowerPoint presentation of the webinar.

Many thanks to viaSim President Chris White, who demonstrated a system dynamics modeling approach to examine federal student financial aid policies (click here to see the PowerPoint presentation); and to onsite meeting participants Don Heller, Center for the Study of Higher Education, Penn State, and Bill Goggin and Megan McClean from the Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance (click here to see ACSFA report).

Public Launch of STEM Model
The Newseum, Washington, DC
July 8, 2009



BHEF and Raytheon Company unveiled the first-ever simulation and modeling tool for the U.S. STEM education system. Raytheon gifted it to BHEF to enable researchers, policy-makers and educators to explore policy scenarios that can strengthen STEM education and workforce outcomes.

View the event's page for more information, including media coverage, Power Point slides, and video and audio from the event.



Past Events

Chris Roe, deputy director at the Business-Higher Education Forum, was a panelist at "Engaging with Future Generations in K-12," a session at the Inside Aerospace--An International Forum for Aviation and Space Leaders conference on May 12th. Topics included early curriculum and hands-on experience, extra-curricular activities, motivation building, engaging with influencers, company outreach, and classroom “ambassadors.”

Members of the SRMN presented at the American Educational Research Association's annual meeting on Thursday, April 16, 2009.

The most recent collective SRMN event was held in Miami on February 9, 2009.  See the agenda here (pdf) and a summary of the meeting here (pdf).

The first official meeting of the SRMN was November 13-14, 2008. Led by BHEF, the meeting was hosted by the Kauffman Foundation and convened more than 40 researchers, practitioners, policymakers, and funders across K-12 and higher education. Participants explored the Raytheon education model and established guiding principles for the SRMN. Based on feedback from participants, in the coming months BHEF and its partners will continue to grow the SRMN and refine the model before transitioning it to open source. Download a copy of the official proceedings (pdf).