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Category: STEM

Posted Jan. 15, 2015, 9 a.m. by Tracy Morgan | View Comments
STEM education in middle school

Encouraging an interest in STEM is important regardless of your child’s age, but it is particularly crucial during middle school years. Sadly, many middle school teachers are often ill-equipped to provide your child with relevant and informative STEM learning opportunities. However, as a parent, there are many ways you can provide vital input. Why are the middle school years so crucial for STEM? Middle school is a particularly important time in general, with many students beginning to consider possible career options. The opinions they have about STEM subjects at this age will be taken through to further years, with previous ...

Posted Jan. 5, 2015, 1 p.m. by Tracy Morgan | View Comments
STEM extracurricular

The subject of STEM is big news these days, with increasing understanding about how critical an adequate education in science, technology, engineering and math really is, and why children need to be on board long before they reach college years. At present, the resources are simply not available in schools to teach kids all they need to know about STEM. However, after-school and summer programs specializing in STEM could be the ticket to raising your child’s awareness, fostering an interest, and getting them participating in STEM, and with spectacular results. Why is there a need for STEM outside of school? ...

Posted Dec. 23, 2014, 10 a.m. by Mark Plummer | View Comments
How to Engage Students in STEM

Every teacher and education professional knows that students often get bored in the classroom. The reasons for boredom are as complex and interrelated as they are valid. A student can be bored because they just don’t understand or they are disinterested in the subject. The trick is to know how to engage students based on established interests and what they have previously learned. Make Things Teaching STEM subjects involves discussing and learning a fair bit of theory, which should be supported by hands-on experience at every opportunity. The next best option is to get students into pairs or small groups ...

Posted Dec. 12, 2014, 1:24 p.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
white house tree lighting

On December 4th when the White House turned on the Christmas tree, something unusual occurred. The lightswere dancing, thanks to the efforts of over 300,000 people, mostly girls, who participated in Google’s Made with Code campaign. The idea was to program the way the lights would dance on the 56 official White House Christmas trees during the lightning ceremony. Google’s Made With Code Christmas Initiative Google’s Made with Code is a movement launched in June 2014 to inspire millions of girls to learn to code, and to help them see coding as a means to pursue their dream careers. This ...

Posted Nov. 18, 2014, 10 a.m. by Mark Plummer | View Comments
Why Learning About All Things STEM is Important

As educators we are asked the question “why is learning about science and how scientific knowledge is obtained important?” The question is generally asked when students are struggling with a difficult theory or concept, especially if said concept involves mathematics. The textbook answer is to assert the importance and relevance by using platitudes such as “science is all around us” or “because science is the only method by which you can truly understand how the world works” and the classic, even if you are not pursuing a career in science, “understanding science will give you a decent foundation for success ...

Posted Nov. 10, 2014, 9:20 a.m. by Mark Plummer | View Comments
Teaching Science and Overcoming Misconceptions

From a student’s perspective, one barrier to understanding and getting to grips with STEM subjects is misunderstood exposition on the part of a teacher or instructor. As professional educators we must pay constant attention to not only what we say or present, but also to how we say and present it. The reason is crystal clear: a concept that may be self-evident or even obvious to us, will likely appear in opposite terms to those whose education we have taken a responsibility to enhance. From an educator’s perspective, students have a responsibility to engage with the subject, especially if they ...

Posted Oct. 3, 2014, 11 a.m. by Nicolaus Jannasch | View Comments
business degree or biology degree

Teens entering college have lots of questions. One of the largest is the question of which major they should pursue. Is a technical degree based in physics, biology, or math a promising way to differentiate yourself? Would a business degree leave you with more valuable connections once you are out in the real world? Below some pros and cons that can help you with making the decision: Technical or non-technical? A science degree teaches you about work ethic. Especially in the early years of college, science classes are simply more challenging than business classes. You will need more advanced math ...

Posted Sept. 26, 2014, 3:51 p.m. by Customer Service | View Comments
Skills Workshops for College Students and High School Seniors, Juniors, and Sophomores

The Harvard Medical School Minority Faculty Development Program will be hosting an event, “Skills Workshops for College Students and High School Seniors, Juniors, and Sophomores” on Saturday, November 15th from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM. There is also a session for parents from 8:30 AM to 10:30 AM. Skills Needed for Academic Success The purpose of this workshop is to provide concrete skills needed for academic success for post-baccalaureates; college and community college students; and high school juniors, juniors, and sophomores from underrepresented populations in medicine and science. Topics Will Include: Application process for medical/graduate/professional schools Application process for college ...

Posted Sept. 17, 2014, 11 a.m. by Elizabeth Suneby | View Comments
girls in physics

Does your high school student take physics? If you’re the parent of a son, you are more likely than a parent of a daughter to answer “yes.” Approximately 30% of all high-school students across the United States enroll in a physics class. 31% of boys, but only 26% of girls take at least one year of physics, a trend that has endured for the past 30 years. The U.S. Department of Education’s 2012 “Gender Equity in Education” report documents the shrinking gender gap in many STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) subjects such as biology, chemistry, and math. The gender gap ...

Posted Aug. 18, 2014, 10 a.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
women in STEM

A report by the American Association of University Women, “Tech-Savvy: Educating Girls in the New Computer Age," concluded that girls are still turned off by technical careers. The study was put together through interviews with 70 middle and high school girls, an online survey of almost 900 teachers, and from the experiences of commissioned members and other women in STEM fields. It concluded that girls have the ability to learn and use computers, but they are turned off by computer tech careers because they view them as full of geeky guys in windowless offices who toil at keyboards for hours. ...

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