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Who would win the coding Olympics?

August 31, 2016

The United States took home the most number of medals at this year's Summer Olympics in Rio. But what if coding was one of the competitive events? A new HackerRank study reveals that the United States wouldn't stack up quite so well against international competition.

LEGOs symposium trains teachers in robotics and other STEM skills

August 30, 2016

Fairfax County Public School (FCPS) teachers got a taste of LEGO’s educational side on Aug. 23 when the company hosted a “Shaping Tomorrow’s Creative Problem Solvers Symposium” at Irving Middle School in Springfield. Attended by 114 educators and school administrators, the symposium offered workshops and training sessions on the ways that LEGO Education’s products can be used, particularly when it comes to teaching robotics, coding and engineering.

'Belonging' can help keep talented female students in STEM classes

August 29, 2016

Many women working in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) have faced a common experience at some point during their college days -- they walked into a classroom and found that they were among a small handful of women in the class, or even the only one. That kind of experience has the potential to make a talented, motivated student feel out-of-place, and compel her to search for more inclusive academic environments...

Coding boot camps replace college for software engineers

August 29, 2016

Tucked away on the top of two floors of a downtown building in San Francisco, 160 students are sitting in front of computer screens, developing sophisticated web applications. Their school, Hack Reactor, is one of dozens of coding boot camps across the nation, turning students into software engineers. For many prospective students looking for a quick route to a six-figure salary at a big tech firm, coding camps have become attractive alternatives to colleges and grad schools.

What Every Incoming Science Student Should Know

August 29, 2016

According to the U.S. Department of Education, one out of two college students who plan to major in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) change their minds or drop out of school altogether. To help STEM hopefuls beat these dismal statistics, my buddies and I reached out to nearly two hundred highly accomplished STEM students, recent graduates, and outstanding faculty members throughout the country.

Babies' spatial reasoning predicts later math skills

August 28, 2016

"We've provided the earliest documented evidence for a relationship between spatial reasoning and math ability," says Emory University psychologist Stella Lourenco, whose lab conducted the research. "We've shown that spatial reasoning beginning early in life, as young as six months of age, predicts both the continuity of this ability and mathematical development."

Breaking eggs for STEM and ENL teacher training

August 25, 2016

Learning the basic principles of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields is hard enough for K-12 students. Now imagine trying to do it in a language you barely understand. Yet this is precisely what’s happening in schools across the country, as teachers cope with demands to provide STEM skills to classrooms with increasing numbers of English language learners (ELL).

13 Things You Didn’t Know About STEM

August 24, 2016

If you’re pursuing a degree to enhance your career options, you’ll be glad to know that earning just about any degree will put you far ahead in the working world than someone who forgoes college altogether. But did you know that if you earn an education degree in STEM fields, you’ll be joining an ever-growing industry of educators who are having a massive impact on students’ futures as well as the STEM industry as a whole?

Bill Gates Backs US Practiced Aussie Innovation In Education

August 24, 2016

The Inspark Science Network creators Arizona State University and Smart Sparrow believes that general science education is a big factor affecting college completion. That is why they developed the course with the aim to have more students complete their college education. Smart Sparrow, one of Inspark Science Network creators and a firm originally based in Australia has been receiving positive responses for the course.

The problem with weed out classes

August 23, 2016

Intro Bio is one of many “weed-out classes” STEM majors wade through before obtaining the much-coveted, much-glorified Bachelor of Science. Though not a technical term, students christen courses “weed-outs” due to their ability to “weed out” those who may not have what it takes, so to speak, to pursue a particular subject. These classes are typically large lectures of a few hundred students, taught by faculty who would rather be doing their own research and cover a huge amount of introductory material in a short amount of time.

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