How Lego Education tries to encourage kids into STEM through play-based learning
To us, it may just be a toy we have long left in our childhood, but the makers at Lego Education are creating ways these tiny bricks can support and encourage schools and teachers to make Stem more interesting in a learning environment. The idea is the kids are learning more about technology, science and engineering without really knowing they’re doing it.
To Boost Science Learning, Start Early
Young children are born scientists. Every time they make mud, build a block tower, or examine a leaf, they are investigating how the world works and building critical-thinking skills. Parents and caregivers can play an important role in helping to encourage children’s scientific investigations. But little is known about parents’ comfort level in talking about and doing science with their children.
New Education Program Aimed at Empowering Women in STEM
The innovative training program relies on case study teaching methods to increase the skills of STEM women to navigate effectively past instances of bias, inequity or discrimination in the workforce. “We’re great at teaching women science and engineering, but we’ve done a poor job equipping them with skills to overcome gender discrimination, bias and inequity,”...
Online Learning Wins Out Over Textbooks In Boosting Science Scores
Online lessons can enhance students’ understanding of science and help underachieving students close the gap with their peers, according to a new study. Students who took web-based units made significantly more progress than those who relied on textbooks, while the improvement was particularly marked for students with lower prior achievement.
University mails out science kits for online engineering degree
When the Open University first launched science courses in the 1970s, it sent students home experiment kits, which included micro-computers, rock samples, microscopes, lasers to create holograms and even fish tanks to study animal behaviour. Now it seems that massive open online courses have brought distance learning full circle, after a US university announced that it would mail out circuit boards and other equipment to students enrolling in the first fully online electrical engineering master’s degree.
Math Patterns: skills for success?
When it comes to early math, not all skills are created equal. Of course, counting is an important part of preschool, but new research suggests that understanding patterns and being able to compare quantities are not beyond little learners, and may also help prepare students for math success.
Online Initiative Not the Answer to STEM Gaps in California
A proposed budget by California's governor would allocate $10 million to set up a new online "intersegmental" higher education initiative. The project would fund competitive grants for intersegmental teams of faculty to create new and redesign existing STEM courses -- both online and hybrid -- in a program titled the "California Education Learning Lab." However, state analysts aren't keen on the idea.
Mind the gender gap: NAU researcher on team studying women's experiences in STEM doctoral programs
A Northern Arizona University faculty member is part of a team that examined the difficulties women continue to face in STEM doctoral programs--difficulties that often drive them away from academic research into friendlier fields.
All About STEM High Schools
What is a STEM school? It used to mean there were a few more science and math classes. These days, the best STEM schools engage students in real engineering and design challenges and connect them with career opportunities. Some STEM schools, with the help of employers, focus on specific job clusters. Others take advantage of community assets like a college, employer or a zoo.
Chemistry Programs Need to Increase Real-World Problem-Solving
Science isn't immune to the education-work skills gap that employers complain about in other fields. A recent survey found that most people in the chemistry field consider current curricula inadequate for helping STEM students prepare for future careers. The survey was undertaken by Elsevier's Reaxys division, which produces a chemistry research platform. The survey queried 186 chemistry professionals, researchers, students and educators.