All Hands On Deck: Getting Kids Excited About STEM

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.

Why Aren’t More Girls Attracted To Physics?

Even as the gender divide in some areas of science has diminished, a stubborn gap has persisted in high school physics. A new study finds that girls are more likely to take physics if they see women in their communities working in science, technology, engineering and math.

Mixing Art and Astrophysics, Students Explore the Universe

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.

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

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.

New Science Standards Aim to Relate Concepts to Students’ Lives

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 … Continue reading New Science Standards Aim to Relate Concepts to Students’ Lives →

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

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 … Continue reading Allergic or Not? Middle School Students Design App That Tells You →

SimCityEDU: Using Games for Formative Assessment

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 … Continue reading SimCityEDU: Using Games for Formative Assessment →

Girls and Games: What’s the Attraction?

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, … Continue reading Girls and Games: What’s the Attraction? →

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

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 … Continue reading Save or Save As: Teaching Kids Where Their Work Lives Inside Computers →

The Maker Movement Goes Global

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 … Continue reading The Maker Movement Goes Global →