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Alleyoop Releases New STEM Program

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 … Continue reading Alleyoop Releases New STEM Program →

Why Stereotyping Threatens the Influence of Women in Science

Flickr:Idovermani By Shankar Vedantam Walk into any tech company or university math department, and you’ll likely see a gender disparity: Fewer women than men seem to go into fields involving science, engineering, technology and mathematics. Over the years, educators, recruiters and government authorities have bemoaned the gender gap and warned that it can have dire … Continue reading Why Stereotyping Threatens the Influence of Women in Science →

How Thinking in 3D Can Improve Math and Science Skills

All of us, children included, live in a three-dimensional universe—but too often parents and teachers act as if the physical world is as flat as a worksheet or the page of a book. We call kids’ attention to numbers and letters, but we neglect to remark upon the spatial properties of the objects around us: … Continue reading How Thinking in 3D Can Improve Math and Science Skills →

Hands-On Science Exams Reveal Students’ Skills

By Lillian Mongeau To get a better understanding of how well students can solve complex problems and apply science to real-life scenarios, the National Assessment for Education Progress recently used hands-on experiments as a way to test 4th, 8th, and 12th grade students, and found that this kind of assessment gives a much more accurate … Continue reading Hands-On Science Exams Reveal Students’ Skills →

Ready, Set, Invent! The Google Science Fair is Launched

Taking the traditional science fair out of the school gymnasium and placing it on the Web, Google launched its 2012 Global Science Fair yesterday, a follow-up to last year’s inaugural event. The fair is open to any student (age 13 to 18) from anywhere who has access to the Internet and to a Web browser. … Continue reading Ready, Set, Invent! The Google Science Fair is Launched →

Girls and Math: Busting the Stereotype

Do girls need special attention when it comes to science, math, and technology topics? In response to last week’s article about Techbridge, the after-school science program specifically geared to girls, some readers strongly refuted the notion that girls need the extra nudge. “‘Steering’ something suggests directing it in a path it would not normally, of … Continue reading Girls and Math: Busting the Stereotype →

Wiring Insects for Hands-On Science Experiments

While there’s technology that removes science students from their physical specimens, like the applications that offer alternatives to frog dissection, another company is using tech to connect them to dismembered bugs. Far from the virtual world, It’s all hands-on work with Backyard Brains. Insects lose their legs and their antenna. And for budding young researchers … Continue reading Wiring Insects for Hands-On Science Experiments →

Technology Adds Spark to Science Education

The word “cyberlearning” evokes a lot of different images. It can mean using an augmented reality app on a mobile phone to learn about a city’s history. It can mean working with a remote science lab clear across the world to conduct scientific research about measuring cell phone radiation. For some students, it’s a way … Continue reading Technology Adds Spark to Science Education →

YouTube SpaceLab Launches Student Experiments Into Space

SpaceLab YouTube and NASA are challenging students to design a science experiment that can be performed in space. Students from 14 to 18 years old can upload videos of their experiments onto YouTube’s Space Lab website. A panel of scientists, astronauts, and educators, including Stephen Hawking, will judge the entries, and the two winning experiments … Continue reading YouTube SpaceLab Launches Student Experiments Into Space →

Ada Lovelace Day Celebrates Women in STEM

Tomorrow, October 7 is Ada Lovelace Day, to commemorate the work of women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. For those who want to participate, there are a couple of options. You can blog about a woman in the STEM field who has inspired you to become what you are today. You can participate in … Continue reading Ada Lovelace Day Celebrates Women in STEM →

Space Exploration is Not Just for Astronauts

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 … Continue reading Space Exploration is Not Just for Astronauts →

Is Math Education Too Abstract?

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 … Continue reading Is Math Education Too Abstract? →

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