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Kids Can Prep for Total Solar Eclipse with 'Space Racers' Website

July 25, 2017

The coast-to-coast total solar eclipse on Aug. 21 will be memorable for children and adults alike. So the preschool show "Space Racers" launched a new website called AugustEclipse.com to get kids interested in the big event.

These STEM coding toys will entertain your kids while teaching them about programming and robotics

July 25, 2017

Amazon recently experimented with a program that delivers STEM toys to subscribers’ homes, and analysts at NPD estimate sales hit $26 billion last year. But not all STEM toys are created equal. As with any burgeoning category, companies of all shapes, sizes, and pedigrees are trying their darnedest to strike STEM toy gold — with varying degrees of success. Here’s a list of the best STEM toys on the market, and where to buy them.

Why Brilliant Girls Tend to Favor Non-STEM Careers

July 24, 2017

Do girls avoid STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) fields because of ongoing, widespread discrimination? Or do girls with the skill sets that would give them entrance to STEM fields prefer fields that involve working with people over fields that involve working with things?

State Giving Some College Students a Free Ride if They're Willing to Become STEM Teachers

July 24, 2017

Lawmakers in North Carolina have allocated funding towards scholarships for up to 160 college students who commit to teaching a STEM subject or special education within the state.

Pilot program will introduce spatial learning - a factor in STEM success - into third-grade curriculum

July 24, 2017

Though scientists know children with strong spatial thinking skills have an edge in science, technology, engineering, and math, and that those skills are teachable, no one has formally infused them into a working elementary curriculum. With a $1.4 million federal grant, Johns Hopkins University researchers will co-develop and test such a program for third-grade science classes.

Number of Girls Taking AP Computer-Science Exam More Than Doubles

July 24, 2017

More girls than ever took an AP computer-science exam this year, Seattle nonprofit Code.org announced Tuesday, calling the results “incredible.” Code.org crunched the numbers from the AP College Board, which shows that 29,708 girls in the U.S. took an Advanced Placement computer science exam this year, more than double the number from 2016.

What Could Possibly Go Wrong With A Federal Apprenticeship Program?

July 23, 2017

The recently passed H.R. 2353 reduces the role of the federal government in workforce programs.  Education and the Workforce Committee ChairmanVirginia Foxx, in her FoxNews commentary, wrote that educational institutions, private companies, and community leaders must  work together to create apprenticeship programs without the federal government dictating implementation. Despite this House effort to return workforce development to local control, lawmakers are plowing ahead with new legislation for more government control.

Robolink engages kids with robotics, drone programming

July 23, 2017

Cables and screwdrivers cover every corner of a partitioned room where different kids build new robots each week, making cardboard mazes to test their robot trucks or duck their heads as fist-sized drones whiz by. This mechanical playground, Robolink, is a San Diego-based educational technology company, which conducts an annual program that teaches science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fundamentals to K-12 students through the building and programming of robots.

How States Can Boost Science Learning, Thanks to ESSA

July 23, 2017

Science education advocates are among those cheering the new federal education law known as the Every Student Succeeds Act: It's an opportunity to get science on the radar screen in a way they couldn't under ESSA's predecessor. The former law didn't count science tests towards anything, thereby relegating the subject, in many advocates' eyes, to second-tier status.

The Search for Real-World STEM Problems

July 21, 2017

If you want to engage students and get them excited about what they are learning in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics classes, ask them to tackle a real-world problem. Then watch their amazement as they realize what they are learning in class actually has real-world applications.

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