For all that we hear about technology causing greater disconnection in society today, a growing movement of “makers” is offering a different twist on this narrative, instead using technology to unite people around making the world a better place. Makers might be teachers, professionals, students, parents, DIY hobbyists or just tinkerers; whatever their professional background, makers share a personal fascination with creating, often using technology.
What do students want in the learning activities for their online STEM courses? They'd prefer more real-life problems to solve and instructional resources such as simulations, case studies, videos and demonstrations. They'd also like the chance to meet and collaborate with other students as well as teaching assistants online.
Peanuts Worldwide and NASA will announce on Tuesday that they have entered into a multiyear Space Act Agreement, executives at Peanuts tell The Washington Post’s Comic Riffs. The partnership is engineered “to inspire a passion for space exploration and STEM” education among students, according to Peanuts Worldwide.
The National Science Foundation (NSF) has invested $150 million in 307 early career engineering and computer science faculty to advance fields from intelligent infrastructure and collaborative robots to secure communications and brain-related technologies. Over the next five years, each researcher will receive up to $500,000 from NSF to build a firm scientific footing for solving challenges and scaling new heights for the nation, as well as serve as academic role models in research and education.
A solution that I have seen work is to increase the focus on STEAM in the classroom so that we don’t inadvertently squander the progress made this past year. We can do this by collectively committing to teacher training programs, investing in long-lasting edtech classroom products, and enhancing curriculums to emphasize coding in every subject.
The global population is aging -- it’s expected that over 21 percent of people worldwide will be over the age of 60 by the year 2050 -- but this large and growing portion of society is often left out of science outreach. Many STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) outreach initiatives target K-12 students with the idea that our resources are best spent raising a scientifically literate and innovative next generation.
Staged in five rounds over six months, CyberPatriot pits teams of middle and high school students against each other as they try to secure their simulated computers against everything from malware and hackers to disgruntled former employees. More than 25,000 students across the U.S. competed this year.
Kids love to build things. Kids also love robots. That’s why Robothink, a Chicago-based company launched in 2016 by Danny Park, was created to educate kids in STEM through building and coding robots. The company's goal is to lay the foundation for kids to pursue careers in STEM-based occupations.
A new study shows that eighth-grade science teachers without an educational background in science are less likely to practice inquiry-oriented science instruction, a pedagogical approach that develops students' understanding of scientific concepts and engages students in hands-on science projects.