First All-Girls Robotics Team Heads to National Competition
One school in the northeast Bronx is making its mark with the first all-girls team to compete in a national robotics competition. Led by coach Sheree Petrignani, the Comets, from St. Catharine’s Academy, will take its Cobra robot, a unique and smaller triangular robot, to the national stage at the VEX U.S. Open in Waukee, Iowa.
Lessons Learned from Our Collaborations with Families
With a plethora of educational resources out there, what can families do to set their children on the path to be lifelong learners in meaningful ways? As multiplatform media has become a way of life, it is becoming more important for families to balance on- and off-screen learning.
Career Connected Learning: What It Is and Why It Matters
Nonprofit Washington STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering + Mathematics) has helped launch Career Connected Learning programs to eliminate the silo effect in science, technology, engineering and mathematics education. Uniting schools, STEM-based businesses, local governments and community impact groups, Career Connected Learning programs have transformed the way Washington students are learning.
Why US employers are reaching out to Generation Z
An interest in jobs with a greater social purpose is a hallmark of the millennial generation. But Lopez is a member of Generation Z, the post-millennial group that is just starting to graduate from high school and college and catch the interest of employers. Gen Z is composed of the kids who were born, roughly, between 1995 and 2010 and came of age during the Great Recession.
Kids Reach New Heights in STEM Education Through Aviation
Emma Hall became the first solo female glider at the Giving Kids Wings Flight Academy in the summer of 2016 - not only breaking the glass ceiling but flying way above it. Hall discovered her love for aviation through a seminar offered in her Hawthorne, California, high school by the flight school where she learned about aerospace, test-fly simulators and eventually fly a glider.
Local camp actually lets kids fly planes
There are a multitude of summer camps to which you can send your kids this year where they could learn plenty. But there’s only one in the Dayton area that will let them actually fly a real plane. Launched in 2010, Air Camp -- held at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base -- offers seventh through ninth grade students a comprehensive STEM education using aviation and aerospace as the medium.
Integrating STEMployable Skills at HBCUs
It should be noted that the issue of preparing HBCU students for STEM employment is complex and must involve engagement from administrators, student affairs professionals, faculty, students and corporate partners. Understandably, financial burdens placed on penurious STEM departments at public and private HBCUs make substantive career-based improvements to the research and pedagogical infrastructure difficult, but not impossible.
Are We Teaching With Technology or 'Brain Hacking'?
Adding more and newer technology in schools has been a budget and a curricular goal since the costs of the hardware have plummeted and the richness of digital resources has exploded. Now, with handheld technology, we see even more focus on its use including such things as BYOD. Still there remains a remnant of the sentiment among some that all this technology distracts from the business of learning.
Teachers Explain Why VR is More Than Just a Buzzword
When I wrote about my high hopes for edtech back in August, student-created virtual reality was near the top of my list. I envisioned students incorporating guided VR into presentations, and creating augmented reality-triggered videos to explain their learning. Since then, VR has taken off in popularity, but there are still plenty of critics who wonder if the hype is worth the investment.
Why Fixing the Pipeline Alone Won't End Edtech's Diversity Problem
Like the tech industry to which it belongs, education technology companies also struggle with a lack of diversity. Kimberly Bryant, founder of the Oakland-based nonprofit Black Girls Code, says the edtech industry bears a unique responsibility because of its intersection in education, youth opportunity and business.