Despite decades of reform efforts, mathematics teaching in the U.S. has changed little in the last century. As a result, it seems, American students have been left behind, now ranking 40th in the world in math literacy. Several state and national reform efforts have tried to improve things.
Making has a wide appeal. Making allows people to follow their own interests, to create something uniquely theirs, and to apply the knowledge they have gained to produce products that meet societal needs. Making offers the opportunity to learn and apply science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) knowledge and processes, including collaboration, communication and iterative design.
The cybersecurity badge will be counted among the 18 new skills that Girl Scouts will be able to master beginning in the fall of 2018. The badges will be available to scouts in kindergarten through 12th grade, and will focus on different skills, depending on the age group: Younger scouts will learn about data privacy, cyberbullying, and Internet safety. Older scouts will focus on coding, ethical hacking, and firewalls.
Robotic teams not only build robots and program them to perform designated tasks, but involved students also build science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills. On the Treasure Coast, elementary and middle school teams use Legos to help create their team robots, while in high school, the students use more advanced techniques, such as 3D printing, to build the parts necessary for the robots to complete specific tasks.
One of the worst-kept secrets in the tech world is how “awful” tech companies can be to women. You don’t have to go far to find a story about sexism or discrimination. There are a lot of theories about why this is happening, but I think the root cause doesn’t get enough exposure: More girls need to be encouraged to pursue science, technology, engineering, and math, or STEM-related fields from a very young age.
What is happening here? Americans love science and technology. We flock to see "Star Wars." Who hasn't said, "May the Force be with you" in their lifetime? Yet, even for successful high school graduates, the reality can be dark. The growth of STEM jobs is outpacing the number of qualified university graduates. Why is the Force hiding from us?
The awards highlight Indiana's elite high school students for their work in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Each winner received a $1,000 college scholarship through Indiana's CollegeChoice 529 Direct Savings Plan, letterman jackets identifying them as members of the Governor's STEM Team and tickets to Gen Con Indy--the longest-running gaming convention in the world.
Years ago Kristi Grigsby's daughter asked her a question she struggled to answer. "What is an engineer?" her then-little girl, Jennifer, wanted to know. "I didn't know," Grigsby said. "I couldn't explain it to her." Grigsby knows a lot more now -- and she is making sure other parents and little girls do too through her new STEM Girls Books series. That's STEM as in science, technology, engineering and math.
A new educational curriculum established by the University of Florida and the Florida Museum of National History is using 3D printing technology to bring kids closer to our pre-historic forebears. The program is known as iDigFossils, and a report in Paleontological Society Special Publications titled ''3-D Fossils for K-12 Education: A Case Example Using the Giant Extinct Sharkcarcharocles Megalodon’' suggests that it is having great success.
While plenty of STEM lessons cover science, math and even technology, engineering is often left out. This dedicated educator has figured out numerous ways to bring the "E" into the classroom to help those other topics become more real for the youngest students.