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Posted March 31, 2014, 10:23 a.m. by Elizabeth Suneby | View Comments
Turning STEM into STEAM

We have all heard the popular rallying cry. Advances in science, technology, engineering, and math—STEM fields—will drive innovation and put America back on the road to economic prosperity. But a growing group of people and institutions recognize the equally crucial role of art and design in invention and advocate incorporating art into STEM, transforming it into “STEAM.” Combining Left and Right Brain Thinking The recognition of the collaborative power of art and science is not new. Think about iconic Italian Renaissance polymath Leonardo Da Vinci known for his masterpiece paintings as well as his flying machine concepts. Or the early ...

Posted March 30, 2014, 11 a.m. by Elizabeth Suneby | View Comments
Turning STEM into STEAM Pt. II

In the movement towards STEAM education, high schools and colleges have been paving the way. High Schools The lead art teacher at Andover High School in Andover, Massachusetts is making good on RISD’s second objective for the STEAM movement. For several years, RISD alumnus and art teacher Meghan Reilly Michaud has partnered with the high school’s math department to teach “Geometry Through the Lens of Art,” a museum field trip during which students examine the ways that artistic perspectives and geometric concepts are inherently related. Due to her advocacy, Andover has officially incorporated STEAM into their 2013 – 2015 system-side ...

Posted March 29, 2014, 11 a.m. by Elizabeth Suneby | View Comments
STEM into STEAM

Along with students and businesses, artists also find insipration in science. Other Times, Scientists Inspire Artists Sculptor Rebecca Kamen was motivated by the work of 19th Century Spaniard Santiago Ramón y Cajal, the father of modern neuroscience. The scientist’s drawings of the human retina launched the artist’s sculpture series, her three-month residency at the National Institute of Health, and trip to Madrid to conduct research in Cajal’s archives. RISD alumna Rebecca Kamen works with scientists to help visualize research. (From STEM to STEAM web site: http://www.risd.edu/about/news/2013/visualizing-the-unseen/ ) While studying mathematics at Yale University, Bathsheba Grossman dabbled in a few art ...

Posted March 28, 2014, 12:45 p.m. by Marthe Teixeira | View Comments
How to Pass on Healthy Habits to Your Kids

One thing I vividly remember as a teen was the bus dropping me off near my house, running to my front door, then busting through the door and immediately going to the pantry. I had a habit of being famished after school and wanted to eat any and everything. This of course, lead to me indulging in snacks like CheezIts, Funyuns, Doritos, Smart Food, and Fritos with Mountain Dew. Nothing wrong with eating those every once in a while, but I would eat half the bag. I didn’t know better because these were the types of foods that where always ...

Posted March 28, 2014, 12:17 p.m. by Rebecca Joseph | View Comments
Why Teens Should Live in the Dorms

I spent my weekend trying to convince parents of high school seniors to let their children live college dorms rather than commute. These were seniors who were accepted to local colleges that provide housing. Finances were not the problem, as the parents could either afford the costs or financial aid would cover the majority of these costs. Living in college housing, if available, is a huge benefit of the college experience. In fact, students who live in student housing usually do better academically than those who do not. As June 1 is the housing deadline for many colleges, try to ...

Posted March 28, 2014, noon by Elizabeth Suneby | View Comments
Advice and Ideas for Empty-Nester Parents

I learned about the benefits of teens taking a year between high school and college — whether they work, volunteer, attend an academic program, or travel — when I was conducting research for an article titled, “Live and Learn: The Advantages of Taking a Gap Year,” for Boston Magazine’s fall education issue. Data shows that after a gap year, students enter college with more focus and maturity, and earn higher grades. But my favorite gap year anecdote comes from a mom, not a kid. Cindy Buser’s youngest child went off to college this school year. On her LinkedIn page, she ...

Posted March 27, 2014, 1:26 p.m. by Kristen Licciardi | View Comments
Is Your Teen Vaping? The Dangers of E-Cigarettes

Parents, have you heard of vaping? It's such a new word that every time I type it, the autocorrect feature on my MacBook changes it to "gaping." If you haven't heard of vaping, read on, because this explosive trend is catching on with teens right under the noses of unsuspecting adults. Vaping is the trendy term for using an electronic cigarette. Here's a quick overview for clueless parents and nonsmokers like me: Instead of inhaling smoke, users inhale vapor from their e-cigarette cartridge. E-cigarettes contain liquid nicotine and flavoring to make the vapor more appealing. This liquid (also called vape ...

Posted March 27, 2014, noon by Elizabeth Suneby | View Comments
Second Semester High School Seniors Enjoy Senior Spring

Even before the snow melts, crocus pop through the frozen ground, and temperatures rise, two simple words — senior spring — illicit a great big sigh of relief from high school seniors across the country. Some have already been accepted to colleges of their choice. While others are still waiting to hear, their college applications are long gone and grades to date have already been submitted. Whatever happens now, well, happens now. Carpe Diem Instead of living for the future, senior spring is all about living in the moment. As I write this blog post, my high school senior is ...

Posted March 26, 2014, 2:23 p.m. by Randi Mazzella | View Comments
7 Tips for Parents of Athletes

Parenting a teenage athlete has its moments of fun and excitement, but can also be stressful and time consuming. Here are 7 tips for parents to bring out the best in their teenage athletes, and in themselves on the sidelines. 7 Tips for Parents of Athletes 1. Support your child on the field. Cheer for your athlete in a positive and respectful manner. Be encouraging. Emphasize fun and effort, not results and winning. 2. Help your teen set attainable goals toward which to work. Your child can’t control how fast the other swimmers at a meet swim, but he can ...

Posted March 26, 2014, 2:11 p.m. by Rebecca Joseph | View Comments
Don't Wait to Get Off a College Waitlist: 10 Proactive Tips

Congratulations for making it this far in the college admissions process. You will most likely have many good colleges options already, but if you really want to go to a college that waitlisted you, follow as many of these 10 tips as possible. Do not do this for a school you will not attend. Colleges often take kids off waitlists who can afford to pay outright, have special connections, fulfill regional needs, or make a spectacular case. Remember, spots only open if the college has available spaces. 10 Proactive Tips to Get Off a Waitlist 1. Be happy about another ...

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