STEM

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 | 6 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 | 4 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 | 18 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 | 11 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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The Maker Movement Goes Global

The Maker Movement Goes Global

| December 3, 2012 | 1 Comment

Courtesy: Exploratorium In step with the popularity and growing momentum of Maker Faire, the “maker movement” is going global with the help of the Exploratorium museum’s Global Studios. After 40 plus years of work in this field, the Exploratorium, which is based in San Francisco, is stepping up its involvement in hands-on, informal science and […]

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Should Math and Science Teachers Get Special Training?

Should Math and Science Teachers Get Special Training?

| October 23, 2012 | 3 Comments

By Anne Jolly Excited and inspired about the subjects they teach, math and science educators ideally want their classrooms to dive into real-world challenges. But they’re faced with the predictable realities of the school day when designing their curriculum. Each year, students seem to lose interest as the subjects become more difficult and abstract. “And […]

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Alleyoop Releases New STEM Program

Alleyoop Releases New STEM Program

| August 16, 2012 | 3 Comments

By Jennie Rose Alleyoop, the online college prep tutoring site created by Pearson, has added a group of new STEM-focused partners to its offerings. In addition to its current math programs, Alleyoop has added NASA eClips, National Geographic, Scientific Minds, Patrick JMT, Virtual Nerd, Adaptive Curriculum and Brightstorm. Alleyoop uses the “gamification” model for its […]

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