STEM

Mixing Art and Astrophysics, Students Explore the Universe

Mixing Art and Astrophysics, Students Explore the Universe

| August 2, 2013 | 0 Comments

With just a few keystrokes on the computer students can try their own hand at mixing science with art by controlling small telescopes that take pictures of planets, stars, galaxies, asteroids, nebulas and other astronomical objects. They can then use those images to create their own artistic renditions of the cosmos through the MicroObservatory Robotic Telescope Network, a group of five automated telescopes controlled online.

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Can Playing Video Games Give Girls an Edge In Math?

Can Playing Video Games Give Girls an Edge In Math?

| July 24, 2013 | 21 Comments

Playing an action video game “can virtually eliminate” the gender difference in a basic capacity researchers call spatial attention, while at the same time reducing the gender difference in the ability to mentally rotate objects, a higher-level spatial skill.

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Game On: An Online Challenge to Gifted Students to Compete Globally

Game On: An Online Challenge to Gifted Students to Compete Globally

| July 23, 2013

Brilliant.org is an online hub for the world’s most promising young minds to come together, connect, and see how they measure up against one another. Khim says she’s already hearing that students are listing Brilliant on their college applications.

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Bringing Scientists to Schools, and the Thrill of Field Trips to Class

Bringing Scientists to Schools, and the Thrill of Field Trips to Class

| July 2, 2013 | 7 Comments

An Australian organization called Scientists in Schools has flipped the field trip upside down, pairing volunteer scientists and mathematicians with classrooms around the country. By bringing a practicing scientist into the classroom students, the aim is to connect learning to its real-world application, inspiring students to pursue careers in science and math.

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Can a Toy Spark Interest in Engineering for Girls?

Can a Toy Spark Interest in Engineering for Girls?

| May 17, 2013 | 6 Comments

Fed up with the limited choices of toys for girls, a Stanford-trained engineer created a toy focused on developing spatial skills in girls.

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New Science Standards Aim to Relate Concepts to Students’ Lives

New Science Standards Aim to Relate Concepts to Students’ Lives

| April 10, 2013 | 6 Comments

A consortium of science and education organizations has released the first set of science standards since the original set prepared by the National Research Council and the American Association for Advancement in Science 15 years ago. The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) aim to incorporate the scientific community’s understanding of science as it has grown […]

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Allergic or Not? Middle School Students Design App That Tells You

Allergic or Not? Middle School Students Design App That Tells You

| April 9, 2013 | 4 Comments

Responding to worries that school is not preparing students for the jobs of the future, there’s been a concerted effort lately to emphasize the importance of learning STEM subjects. President Obama made a pitch for STEM in his State of the Union address this year saying, “we’ll reward schools that develop new partnerships with colleges […]

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SimCityEDU: Using Games for Formative Assessment

SimCityEDU: Using Games for Formative Assessment

| March 14, 2013 | 20 Comments

SimCity As game-based learning gains momentum in education circles, teachers increasingly want substantive proof that games are helpful for learning. The game-makers at the non-profit GlassLab are hoping to do this with the popular video game SimCity. GlassLab is working with commercial game companies, assessment experts, and those versed in digital classrooms to build SimCityEDU, a […]

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Girls and Games: What’s the Attraction?

Girls and Games: What’s the Attraction?

| January 14, 2013 | 12 Comments

Games are increasingly recognized by educators as a way to get kids excited about learning. While the stereotype of a “gamer” may evoke the image of a high school boy holed up in a dark room playing on a console, in reality 62 percent of gamers play with other people either in person or online, […]

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Save or Save As: Teaching Kids Where Their Work Lives Inside Computers

Save or Save As: Teaching Kids Where Their Work Lives Inside Computers

| December 4, 2012 | 4 Comments

TB By Sheena Vaidyanathan The third grade class is busy working in the computer lab when the teacher reminds everyone to save their files. “Save or Save As?” someone asks. No one has ever explained the difference to these students and no one will have the time to explain it. With a frown on their […]

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