Education

How The Education System Is Leveraging Innovation And Technology To Help Students Compete

February 08, 2016

The US education system is going through a Renaissance in how students learn. Especially when it comes to those learners focused on college preparedness. While many teachers still teach to a test, others are turning to new technologies and systems to help their students to move beyond the traditional instruction-led environments to an experiential environment where many kids thrive.

How 4 Chicago tech companies are working to overcome challenges in education

February 08, 2016

One of the biggest challenges in education is adapting teaching strategies and course materials to suit the learning styles and skill levels of the learner. Whether in a classroom setting or in professional or ongoing education, educators need to reach learners from a variety of backgrounds, with differing levels of prior knowledge, engagement and rates of learning.

Engage and Excite Students With STEM Lesson Plans

February 08, 2016

A particular struggle in many schools is that business teachers are being asked to take on computer science and coding instruction to meet student and parent demand for classes in these lucrative fields. With varying levels of comfort and experience with coding, it’s easy to see why these teachers are looking for well-designed curricula that will help them take on these new courses.

Learning how to learn: A look at STEM

February 07, 2016

Success is driven not only by what you know, but by what you can do with what you know. It is more important than ever that we equip our students with the knowledge and skills to solve tough challenges, gather and evaluate evidence, and make sense of complex information. We, the nation and the world face complex problems that can be solved with the right information, the right skills, and the right collaboration abilities.

Esty: U.S. needs commitment to infrastructure

February 07, 2016

Rep. Elizabeth Esty, D-Conn., went before the House Budget Committee February 3rd  to talk up her vision of an “innovation agenda’’ to help Connecticut and the rest of the nation rebuild its aging industrial base and infrastructure. She urged the committee and Congress to up funding for “brownfields remediation’’ — rehabilitating decrepit and toxic industrial sites in places like Bridgeport. Doing so, she said, would allow such regions to compete for advanced manufacturing that depends on a workforce skilled in the STEM education subjects — science, technology, engineering and math, and also computer science.

'Dremel Dreams' program integrates 3D printing and STEM education in the classroom

February 04, 2016

Just a week ago, 3D printing company Stratasys announced it was introducing a series of educational modules aimed at teaching students and educators the ins and outs of 3D printing technology. The promotion of STEM education through 3D printing tutorials has evidently caught on, as another major player in the 3D printing industry, Dremel, has officially launched its own 3D printing ecosystem, Dremel Dreams, to easily and comprehensively integrate additive manufacturing technologies into the classroom.

California’s Super Bowl classroom: Inside Levi’s Stadium, a first-of-its-kind STEM education

February 04, 2016

The physics of a perfectly thrown NFL spiral. The sustainable engineering of an NFL stadium. The science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) learning opportunities inside San Francisco’s new Levi’s Stadium, home of Super Bowl 50 this weekend, are beyond ripe. And the 49ers have picked the fruit at the tune of 60,000 local students a year going through a first-of-its-kind STEM program in professional sports.

Why Fallout 3 Might Be a Great STEM Game

February 04, 2016

Some advocates for the increased emphasis on science, technology, engineering and math in schools argue that digital games will be the key to getting young people engaged about STEM subjects. For two Hunter College CUNY science professors, Stephen DeMeo and Dennis Robbins, game developers will play a major role in giving teachers the motivational tools they need to motivate student interest in STEM.

Why President Obama's Computer Science Education Plan Will Fail

February 03, 2016

On Saturday, the White House unveiled what could become a potentially revolutionary piece of legislation that aims to introduce computer science education to millions of students from elementary school through senior year of public high school. But whether the President's "Computer Science for All" initiative succeeds, and can provide new skills to children, will be largely decided by an immobile Congress that likely sees the roughly $4.1 billion program with skepticism.

The Reality of Coding Classes

February 03, 2016

The White House wants every child in the United States to learn computer science. The president’s plan to reach that goal? Ask Congress to fund a new $4 billion program for states and another $100 million for districts to train teachers and purchase the tools “so that our elementary, middle, and high schools can provide opportunities to learn computer science for all students,” Obama said in his weekly address on January 30.

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