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The Forgotten Female Programmers Who Created Modern Tech

The Forgotten Female Programmers Who Created Modern Tech

| October 6, 2014

The Innovators, Walter Isaacson’s new book, tells the stories of the people who created modern computers. Women, who are now a minority in computer science, played an outsize role in that history.

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Can Project-Based Learning Close Gaps in Science Education?

Can Project-Based Learning Close Gaps in Science Education?

| September 26, 2014 | 45 Comments

An encouraging new report describes preliminary, first-year outcomes from a study of 3,000 middle school students that shows kids can, in fact, learn more in science classrooms that adopt a well-designed, project-focused curriculum.

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The Backlash Against the ‘Pinkification’ of Tech

The Backlash Against the ‘Pinkification’ of Tech

| July 8, 2014 | 0 Comments

Important story about the backlash against the “Pinkification” of STEM in the San Francisco Chronicle.

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Robots in the Classroom: What Are They Good For?

Robots in the Classroom: What Are They Good For?

| May 27, 2014 | 10 Comments

Some educators are experimenting with using robots in the classroom to engage students and help explain abstract concepts that students often misunderstand.

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To Inspire Learning, Architects Reimagine Learning Spaces

To Inspire Learning, Architects Reimagine Learning Spaces

| January 28, 2014 | 20 Comments

As schools refocus on team-based, interdisciplinary learning, they’re moving away from standardized, teach-to-test programs that assume a one-size-fits-all approach to teaching. Instead, there is a growing awareness that students learn in a variety of ways, and the differences should be supported. With that in mind, here’s how one architecture firm is redesigning learning spaces.

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A Grade School Where Every Student Is An Engineer

A Grade School Where Every Student Is An Engineer

| January 24, 2014 | 3 Comments

A fun story about a public elementary school in South Carolina where every student is an engineer. There’s plenty of robotics and science, definitely some art — but no handwriting instruction. Is this the future?

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10 Innovative Ways to Bring STEM to Schools

10 Innovative Ways to Bring STEM to Schools

| January 9, 2014 | 9 Comments

As schools look for innovative ways to bring in STEM learning, here’s a possible road map for how to galvanize a school community.

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Kids Want to Know: How Is Science Relevant?

Kids Want to Know: How Is Science Relevant?

| December 17, 2013

In a new poll, many parents said they’re worried that schools aren’t adequately preparing students for a changing workforce. And too much emphasis on memorizing facts in the classroom, both parents and kids say, is keeping young people from getting excited about science and technology careers.

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All Hands On Deck: Getting Kids Excited About STEM

All Hands On Deck: Getting Kids Excited About STEM

| September 25, 2013 | 10 Comments

Most American high school students aren’t leaning toward careers in math or science — actually, they’re leaning away. While higher education will need to address reasons kids drop out of math and science majors, professionals in the STEM fields are stepping forward hoping to get younger kids excited enough to stay.

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How to Get Your School Ready for STEM This Year

How to Get Your School Ready for STEM This Year

| August 20, 2013 | 3 Comments

Here’s how you can begin to ramp up for great STEM learning by following some advice gathered from educators who’ve been teaching STEM classes successfully for several years.

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