The robots are coming to school: Now what?
While the iconic HAL 9000 from 2001: A Space Odyssey may not yet be a fixture in our homes, many of us have intelligent assistants, such as Alexa or Google Home, that help us manage our daily lives. And that technology is quickly becoming commonplace in schools, as well. Some argue that intelligent assistants will be one of the most disruptive technologies in the near future.
The Future Of Learning? Well, It's Personal
If you do a Google image search for "classroom," you'll mostly see one familiar scene: rows or groups of desks, with a spot at the front of the room for the teacher. One teacher, many students: It's basically the definition of school as we know it, going back to the earliest days of the Republic. "We couldn't afford to have an individual teacher for every student, so we developed a way of teaching large groups," as John Pane, an education researcher at the RAND Corporation, puts it.
NSF awards $50M in grants to improve STEM education
The National Science Foundation's (NSF) Discovery Research PreK-12 (DRK-12) program aims to help students and teachers accomplish all of the above. In Fiscal Year (FY) 2018, DRK-12 issued 59 new awards to institutions in 24 states and the U.S. Virgin Islands totaling more than $50 million. NSF program managers anticipate the awards will result in classroom products and outcomes that have been field-tested and informed by research to strengthen teaching, learning and assessment.
Lockheed Martin Launches $30 Million STEM Scholarship Program
Beginning in 2019, the Lockheed Martin STEM Scholarship program will award a $10,000 annual scholarship to 200 recipients who demonstrate financial need and come from underrepresented or underserved communities. Recipients may renew the scholarship up to three times for a total potential value of $40,000 per student.
More STEM education needed for growing jobs demands
Technology is quickly shaping every part of our lives. From the grocery store to the manufacturing floor, computers and high-tech systems have made our society more efficient and effective than ever before. The only downside to this upside is the number of STEM jobs in our nation is far surpassing the number of STEM graduates.
National Science Teachers Association Advocates for High-Quality Elementary Science Education in New Position Statement
The National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), the world’s largest association of science educators, has issued a position statement underscoring the importance of a high-quality science education for our nation’s 30 million elementary students. The statement--focusing on students in kindergarten through 5th and 6th grade--establishes four key principles to guide effective science learning, including the need for schools to give science learning equal priority as other core subjects and strive for at least 60 minutes of science instruction a day that includes science investigations.
How to Pursue STEM Studies in the U.S.
Many colleges and universities have recognized that interdisciplinary learning is necessary in order to answer complex questions and solve complex problems—polytechnics and institutes of technology are no exception. In today’s world, computer science graduates need to know about business. Engineers need the ability to communicate effectively. Architects must be proficient in information technology.
This $180 toy robot has virtually limitless activities that teach my kids STEM skills, and it's a lot of fun
As soon as Cue was out of the box, the boys started having fun with it. This device is designed for ages 10 to 15, and I think my boys are just outside of the right age range. Bucky isn't able to read so he needed help using the robot. And, Jerome enjoyed it for a little bit, but it couldn't compete with video games and girls. There are several accessories you can get to go with Cue, including the Sketch Kit, which we got to test out.
Three Ways Online Education Is Making Higher Education More Affordable
In an era of rising student debts, a growing number of people are concluding that higher education simply isn’t worth the financial risk. While this may be understandable, as student debt loads rise, there is at least some hope on the horizon. Over the past decade, online education has rapidly expanded, and there is growing evidence that it is making higher education more affordable.
Moving Target: Preparing Today's Minds For The STEM Jobs Of Tomorrow
Education reform continues to be fiercely debated, but one thing is clear: It's imperative that leaders align K-12 classrooms with the growing demands of the future science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) workforce. What makes this task particularly challenging is that today's youth will likely face challenges that the adults around them can barely imagine.