Robust Model for STEM Summer Camp With Robotics and Computer Science
Thanks to the promotion of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education in schools, many parents recognize these should be an essential element of children’s summer experiences. But trying to choose a summer STEM program can be overwhelming. What are the most desirable characteristics of a summer robotics and STEM camp?
STEM learning starts as early as kindergarten
Engineering, computer science and biomedical science -- these topics sound like college majors, but they're the three pillars of a new program offered to elementary-aged students.Schools nationwide are trying to educate children for STEM careers (science, technology, engineering and math) and provide them with skills for jobs in growing sectors like tech and science.
Osmo Coding: The Innovative Coding Program Being Taught in a Chicago Area Classroom
The following interview discusses how Frances Judd creates unique and deliberate STEM based learning opportunities by using Osmo Coding, the first iPad game that teaches kids to code in the most intuitive way possible: with their hands.
Experts Seek to Boost Knowledge and Allies for Teaching STEM
Educational best practices that apply to all the fields of science recognize common observations, such as knowing that students tend to learn more from hands-on activities than a lecture. Yet, much more research is needed to frame more effective approaches to teaching science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) topics with their complex and sometimes interlocking concepts.
Setting, Tension, Explanation, Metaphor: A Storytelling Approach for Early STEM Learning
Watch a group of young children in a community garden. They’ll dig in the soil, find and play with earthworms and insects, plant seeds in patches of sunlight, and come back to watch them sprout, grow, and bear fruit. With a little help, these kids can be doing more than simply playing in the dirt. They can be learning the beginnings of environmental science and plant biology and practicing critical-thinking and problem-solving skills.
Inspired women in science take a stand against gender inequality
Science and gender equality are both vital for the achievement of the internationally agreed development goals: despite a lot of effort in inspiring and engaging women and girls in science, they continue to be excluded from participating fully in it, according to the United Nations page of the International Day of Women and Girls in Science. This is why research in science education is fundamental to address inequalities at all levels in science, technology and innovation.
How online games are helping prepare local students for STEM careers
Using Newton's laws of motion, the Signal Mountain Middle School eighth-grader calculated the force exerted on a train when it travels at certain speeds. Sitting at the computer next to her was Kylie Fox, busy reading and answering questions about the damage hurricane winds can cause. The girls were using Learning Blade, an online program with a game-based format intended to engage students in science, technology, engineering and math, known as STEM subjects. The program allows students to choose among a wide variety of activities based on societal problems, exposing students to more than 100 different STEM careers and technologies.
Phoenix schools encourage students to prepare for STEM careers
The Cartwright School District is working to bridge the gap between its students and STEM education to encourage more Latinos and young women to pursue careers in Science, Technology, Mathematics and Engineering, or STEM. The district has partnered with the Arizona STEM Network, a non-profit organization that works to graduate more students who are prepared for jobs in STEM fields.
February is Career and Technical Education Month
“CTE Month is a great opportunity for us to recognize the career and technical educators in our area who provide innovation and excellence that prepares our students for careers and our nation for economic success,” said Western president Lee Rasch. “I am very proud of their work." In Wisconsin, more than 88,000 high school students, or roughly two-thirds of high-schoolers, are taking CTE courses in areas such as health occupations, manufacturing, technology and engineering, agriculture, marketing, family and consumer science, and business.
Why It's Never Too Late for Women to Get That Engineering Degree
It’s true that the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields have historically been more populated with men compared to women—but that’s changing. Schools and businesses are increasingly encouraging women to enter these fields. And those who do find professional and personal rewards that can be difficult to achieve in other industries.