Education

'It's OK to fail:' How Indiana teachers are rethinking STEM for the real world

June 25, 2018

In Kraig Kitts’ biology classes, it’s OK to fail. “That’s science. That’s the nature of it,” said Kitts, a science teacher at Center Grove High School. “Sometimes we don’t know. As teachers, we have a lot of pressures that everything works, every time, 100 percent.” This is the message Kitts wants to send to his students. It’s also the message he wants to relay to other Indiana teachers.

FIRST Robotics: How an Afterschool STEM Program That's Grown to Inspire More Than 530,000 Students a Year Is Now Being Used to Shape Curriculum in the Classroom

June 24, 2018

When FIRST originally launched 30 years ago as an afterschool robotics activity for high schoolers, the STEM movement was a nascent affair and such concepts as “makerspaces” and “hands-on experiential learning” had yet to take root. But as these movements found traction, FIRST has been there to add even more wind to the sails, using focused short-term robotics competitions and electrifying national championships to capture both the imaginations of K-12 students and the interests of instructors.

Congress must address the 'skills gap' and update our education system by passing the Perkins Act

June 24, 2018

With a key Senate committee scheduled to consider legislation to reauthorize and modernize the Carl D. Perkins Act, policymakers have an opportunity to address this "skills gap" in a lasting way. This bill would prioritize existing federal education dollars for career and technical education (CTE) programs that better equip students with in demand skills.

4 Ways Community Leaders Say We Can Better Prepare the STEM Workforce of Tomorrow

June 22, 2018

It’s an economic dilemma that can be traced back to the types of knowledge and experiences students get in the classroom. Local initiatives and special academies are giving students more exposure to STEM, but community leaders during a panel Tuesday at Toyota Motor North America’s headquarters in Plano said more can be done. “When we look at the global landscape and we look at the competition that’s out there, STEM is critical to our future success and our prosperity,” said Andres Alcantar, chairman of the Texas Workforce Commission.

Technology Is Key for Boosting Classroom Equity

June 20, 2018

As the growth in personalized learning initiatives has emphasized, students will exhibit differing aptitudes for subjects depending on their strengths. However, issues with classroom equity have left some students unable to perform, not because they are having trouble grasping the material but because of issues related to geography, race, gender, ethnicity, language or economics.

Technology in the classroom: Engaging students, promoting deeper learning and helping teachers

June 18, 2018

To create classrooms of creativity, teachers have to understand that their students - Generation Z - were born into a world with smartphones, tablets and computers. “They do texts and usually images, and they think in small, bite-size chunks, so becomes our jobs the help them value deep work and deep learning,” Clark said.

8 free online course sites for growing your tech skills

June 18, 2018

Education doesn’t have to be expensive -- there are plenty of free courses to brush up on your IT skills that require nothing more than an internet connection and a laptop or smartphone. These eight online education providers offer free programs and courses on nearly any technical domain. It’s a great way to dip your toe into a new topic with limited commitment, or to stay on top of developing trends and technologies in your industry.

Breaking a Guinness World Record with Bubble-Powered Rockets

June 18, 2018

Alka-rockets are easy enough for even young children to build and experiment with, but the rockets that the competing college teams build go beyond a simple classroom experiment. The University of Minnesota team broke the Guinness World Record for highest Alka-rocket launch in the challenge's first year, reaching 430 feet (130 meters) with 100 crushed Alka-Seltzer tablets.

Using Maker Education to Encourage Girls to Pursue STEM

June 18, 2018

While young girls report marked ambitions for their futures, they flock to other types of work, often in more people-focused fields. The inequality in STEM creates a landscape where innovation for the masses is created by a small portion of the population with a very narrow and similar set of life experiences. Luckily, educators have been developing methods to foster interest in STEM fields in girls.

Drexel's ExCITe Center releases first national study of K-12 education makerspaces

June 18, 2018

Drexel University's ExCITe Center released Making Culture, the first in-depth examination of K-12 education makerspaces nationwide, revealing the significance of cultural aspects of making that enable learning. The research highlights how makerspaces foster a range of positive student learning outcomes, but also reflect some of the gaps in inclusion common in the STEM fields.

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