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Category: STEM

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. ...

Posted July 18, 2014, 10 a.m. by Sara Zhou | View Comments
Watching tv technology

In the nineties, it was MTV. The Internet was next, making photos and videos available within seconds. Then mobile technology allowed us to browse feeds while waiting in line or between bathroom breaks. Twitter took it to the next level with character limits. Then Vine joined the race, with an unprecedented six-second limit to tell a story. In the past few decades, it seems the Internet-age has brought on a phenomena: shorter content and shorter attention spans. Recent headlines belabor the problem, announcing that the downward trend of the Millennial Generation or how “Study Finds Gen Y Ill-Prepared For the ...

Posted July 17, 2014, 10:29 a.m. by Sara Zhou | View Comments
computer programming

There is one subject area that is becoming vitally important in our global industry: it ensures the information we want to access arrives quickly, and yet most schools do not require classes in this field. Students gain a solid foundation in nineteenth-century British literature, and yet many remain woefully misinformed about computer programming. Ask an average student what the differences are between two common programming languages — say, Python and Java — and your efforts may be rewarded with a bewildered “Why are you comparing snakes with coffee beans?” The Need: Program or Be Programmed The truth is that in ...

Posted April 22, 2014, 11:17 a.m. by Customer Service | View Comments
Alexis Ohanian, reddit.com Founder, on STEM Education

The world in 2014 would not be the same without the Internet. Without science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), the tool that we all use daily would have never been created. The ability to share information is what makes the Internet so revolutionary. Over the past two decades or so, Internet users have gained access and credibility, and are able to write, post, and share almost anything online. The Internet today is more like a “democracy” for users than ever before. Alexis Ohanian, nicknamed “The Mayor of the Internet,” played a huge role in forming this democracy. Reddit.com Ohanian is ...

Posted April 19, 2014, 11 a.m. by Elizabeth Suneby | View Comments
Inspiring Girls to Pursue STEM

Why is it so important for girl students to study science, technology, engineering, and math? To Drive Innovation STEM education for girls ensures that our society benefits from the talents of the entire population. “If we can’t embrace the most basic level of diversity, then we’ve squandered half of the brain power available to us to make the world a better place,” asserts Adriane Brown, President & Chief Operating Officer of Intellectual Ventures, a firm that invests in inventors and innovative technologies. Brown captures the most universally compelling reason the world needs gender equity in STEM-related professions—without females, the field ...

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