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Getting Students of Color Hooked on Math and Science

Getting Students of Color Hooked on Math and Science

| October 5, 2011 | 3 Comments

What will it take to keep students of color interested in becoming physicists and engineers?

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Space Exploration is Not Just for Astronauts

Space Exploration is Not Just for Astronauts

| September 28, 2011 | 0 Comments

Teddy bears in space, via Mirror UK With the end of the U.S. Space Shuttle program this summer, there’s been a lot of talk about the future of manned space exploration. As the name “shuttle” would suggest, the Space Shuttle program was supposed to mark the beginning of space missions that were more regular and […]

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Is Math Education Too Abstract?

Is Math Education Too Abstract?

| September 12, 2011 | 18 Comments

Tim Geers “There is widespread alarm in the United States about the state of our math education,” wrote Sol Garfunkel and David Mumford in an op-ed in The New York Times last month. It led me to remember the opening salvo in a pitch for re-thinking math education — that of Dan Meyer’s TED Talk […]

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More Doodling Makes For Better Learning

More Doodling Makes For Better Learning

| September 6, 2011 | 5 Comments

Science Doodling is often seen as a sign of distraction. If you’re doodling, you’re not paying attention. If you’re drawing, you’re not taking notes. You’re not listening. You’re not learning. But research published in the latest edition of the journal Science challenges the anti-doodling stance. It contends that not only can doodling help students learn, […]

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A Web-Based Microscope for the Pros is Open to All Students

A Web-Based Microscope for the Pros is Open to All Students

| August 18, 2011 | 1 Comment

One of the promises of the Internet is to put resources into the hands of those who wouldn’t otherwise be able to access them. We often think of that in terms of information and data. But as the Imaging Technology Group at the Beckman Institute at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign demonstrates, the Internet can […]

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Math and Science: Out of the Classroom, Into the World

Math and Science: Out of the Classroom, Into the World

| August 12, 2011 | 7 Comments

It’s great to be a student these days. The opportunities to learn math, science, technology and engineering have come such a long way from the days of sitting through interminable hours of watching teachers solve equations and explain complicated theories on the chalkboard. Witnessing how technology has redefined learning makes me wish I could start school […]

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What Role Do Corporations Play in Supporting STEM Education?

What Role Do Corporations Play in Supporting STEM Education?

| July 19, 2011 | 4 Comments

Last week, as part of the Imagine Cup award ceremony, Hal Plotkin, the Senior Policy Advisor in the Office of the Under Secretary of Education, praised Microsoft for its commitment to STEM education with its hosting of the global student technology competition. Plotkin encouraged other companies to step up and invest in these sorts of […]

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Computer Science With a Twist: Students Hack into Kinect

Computer Science With a Twist: Students Hack into Kinect

| July 6, 2011 | 4 Comments

Within the first 60 days of its release, Microsoft sold some eight million Kinects, making it the fastest selling consumer electronics device in history (beating out the iPad and the VCR). For those who aren’t familiar with it yet, Kinect is a sensor input device for the popular Xbox gaming console that allows gamers to […]

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Preventing the Summer Slide with DIY Tech and Science Projects

Preventing the Summer Slide with DIY Tech and Science Projects

| June 13, 2011 | 0 Comments

Continuing our summer slide series, in which we’ve offered ideas on how to keep learners’ math and literacy skills sharpened, we now turn our focus to science and tech-related ideas. The summer months provide a great opportunity for students to work on projects that help extend some of the ideas they might have learned during […]

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It’s Here: A Science Book That’s Always Up-to-Date

It’s Here: A Science Book That’s Always Up-to-Date

| May 26, 2011 | 2 Comments

As much people still love their textbooks, there are inherent problems. They’re expensive. They’re heavy. And oftentimes, they’re woefully out-of-date. The latter is particularly true when it comes to science books — by the time a textbook hits store shelves (and appears in syllabi), new research outdates the text. Such is the changing nature of […]

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