STEM

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 →

Should Math and Science Teachers Get Special Training?

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 … Continue reading Should Math and Science Teachers Get Special Training? →

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 →