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Category: STEM

Posted Dec. 9, 2015, 9 a.m. by Nicolaus Jannasch | View Comments
Three Reasons to Embrace Being a Nerd

Some kids think that being labeled a nerd is the worst thing it the world. They assume it goes with being awkward and unable to talk comfortably with others. They think that nerds have no friends. The truth is, being a nerd isn’t bad. You can be proud of your interests, and just because you’re not on the football team doesn’t mean you aren’t “cool” in your own way. Whether you’re proud of being a little nerdy or not, here are three reasons you should be! 1. You’re probably learning some high-paying skills Unless the school football star is getting ...

Posted Nov. 3, 2015, 8 a.m. by Monica Fuglei | View Comments
From STEM to STEAM: How arts add depth to STEM learning

Several years ago, in a dim coffee shop, I was trying to explain Coulomb’s law of electrostatic interaction to a fellow poet. He couldn’t understand my fascination with physics, so I tried to explain it to him using the language we shared: poetry. The result was a series of poems based on physics concepts: Coulomb’s law, Total Energy, and even Einstein’s quantum theory. Scientific language was rich with metaphors and images that helped expand my poetry, and as I wrote, I deepened my understanding of the principles of physics as well. And for him, finally couched in a love poem, ...

Posted Oct. 28, 2015, 8 a.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
How to Search for STEM Scholarships

STEM careers have become a national priority and students who aspire to careers in science, technology, engineering, and math will be happy to know that STEM scholarships abound. Often, when you apply for scholarships in a specific area of interest, the competition is much less than if you apply for national scholarships with thousands of applicants. The fact there are fewer applicants improves your odds of being offered the scholarship. STEM scholarships may be plentiful but how do you find them? Search the search engines You can search for “STEM scholarships” or even narrow it down to each specific category: ...

Posted Oct. 27, 2015, 8 a.m. by Casey Hoke | View Comments
Jumpstart Your Resume by Thinking Outside the School

Ah, high school. Seven hours of sitting and taking in all you can for that diploma to set you on your way to new horizons. Of course, you may have a great high school with opportunities to take part in the arts, advanced STEM, communications or a mix of disciplines. But even with with that, you may feel the need for something else to catapult you further in your career, or even just to spice up that high school resume. I was a visual arts major during my four years of high school and took more than 11 classes in ...

Posted Oct. 6, 2015, 8 a.m. by The Experts at TeenLife | View Comments
science scholarship dosomething.org

Use your phone and your Sherlock Holmes sleuthing skills to solve a mystery, enter a contest for a $10,000 scholarship, and help a classroom spread the message of STEM. Why’s everyone so worried about science, technology, engineering, and math? For starters, STEM occupations are projected to grow by 17 percent from 2008 to 2018, compared to 9.8 percent growth for non-STEM, according to the U.S. government. But it turns out gender has lot to do with who might be filling those jobs. When the National Science Foundation asked fourth-graders in 2007 if they liked science and math, 68 percent of ...

Posted Sept. 4, 2015, 8 a.m. by Dana Elmore | View Comments
AP Exams

Perhaps you’ve heard of AP. Perhaps, as an art student, you’ve also thought that Advanced Placement classes aren’t for you. The AP program, which is administered by the College Board, offers high school students the chance to take college-level classes and to potentially earn college credit, but only five of the 30-plus courses fall under the “Arts” category. So wouldn’t your time be better spent in advanced studio classes? Perhaps not, and here’s why: The importance of AP courses But no matter your potential major, AP courses can help you achieve your goals. Success in an AP class can distinguish ...

Posted Feb. 27, 2015, 10 a.m. by Tracy Morgan | View Comments
Why Girls Need the RIGHT Role Models to be Interested and Excel in STEM

Girls interested in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) often face an uphill battle, and need all the support they can get to foster their curiosity, which is why positive role models are essential. However, perhaps we are barking up the wrong tree when we assume that they will be inspired by women who are both glamorous and successful in STEM? The Distorted View of STEM It’s no secret that impressionable young girls have a seriously distorted view of STEM-related careers, often perceiving them as male-only professions, or just for dowdy, unfeminine women. These stereotypical views are widespread and have ...

Posted Feb. 10, 2015, 2:28 p.m. by Cameron Yanoscik | View Comments

As the educational director at a private educational institute, I was intrigued with the proposal and passing of the new Common Core Standards in the United States. And, like most educators, I had a lot of questions. As a parent of a school age child I also had a lot of questions about how it would be implemented in local schools. A recent parent meeting at my daughter’s school district raised many more questions than answers. Here I am happy to share some of the findings from my own research on Common Core standards. Findings on the Common Core Standards ...

Posted Feb. 5, 2015, 10 a.m. by Tracy Morgan | View Comments
why teens don't understand STEM

An interesting report published by Let’s Talk Science, involving Canadian teens aged 13-17, highlights that although the majority of teens find STEM fun, many just don’t see its relevance in future career plans. Good News The Let’s Talk Science research focuses on teen perceptions of STEM, and found that there has been a substantial increase in the amount of teens who say they enjoy STEM-related subjects. Out of the students interviewed, an encouraging 72 percent expressed that STEM was fun, which is a whopping 34% increase on findings from 2011. Additionally, the report shows that 74 percent of teens felt ...

Posted Jan. 22, 2015, noon by iD Tech | View Comments
iD tech summer camp

A reported one million STEM jobs will go unfilled by 2020. We’re talking some of the highest-paid, most creative careers imaginable. Yet most K-12 schools are ill-equipped to teach students the skills they need to thrive in our tech-driven world. Thankfully, extracurricular opportunities like summer tech camps exist to close that gap and equip students with skills that will help them succeed. But how can you be sure to send your teen to the right summer program? Consider these important qualities that make for the best summer tech camp experience. 1. Class Size Class size can dramatically impact your teen’s ...

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