Making a scientific discovery at 10 years old can seem as far-fetched as flying to Mars. Yet, students every day are using their STEM skills to transform the world around them. You don’t need a PhD to follow your dreams -- all these kids needed was dedication, support and passion.
House lawmakers unanimously passed legislation Monday to require all Indiana public schools to offer a computer science course. Nearly half of all Indiana public schools currently offer computer science classes.
A research team led by Michigan Technological University set out to find what makes STEM integration tick. Their research--published in the International Journal of STEM Education (DOI: 10.1186/s40594-018-0101-z)--followed several case studies to observe the impacts of low, medium and high degrees of integration within a classroom.
Our educational institutions struggle to change at the same pace as technology, creating a gap between the skill sets required for today’s economy and the skills sets acquired in our learning institutions. An excellent point made by Daggett is that it is not that schools are failing it is that they are not keeping up with change.
To make it in today’s economy, workers must have skills that employers value. With technology seemingly ubiquitous in virtually every field today, advanced degrees in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) would appear to be the hottest demand. Over the last decade however, much of that emphasis has funneled down to STEM jobs that require less than a bachelor’s degree, and trade schools and community colleges have gained prominence in providing the training and education for tomorrow’s workforce.
Barbie no longer needs male technical support. The most iconic of American dolls came under fire in 2014 for a book titled “I Can Be A Computer Engineer” that was mocked as being “almost laughably sexist.” But under new management and in a more woke era, franchise owner Mattel now is working with education tech startup Tynker on a Barbie-themed curriculum to teach kids programming.
What Parents Talk About When They Talk About Learning: A National Survey About Young Children and Science describes results from a national telephone survey of 1,442 parents with at least one three-to-six-year-old child living at home. The survey asked parents about their attitudes, beliefs, and practices related to early learning, science learning, and digital media use.
To us, it may just be a toy we have long left in our childhood, but the makers at Lego Education are creating ways these tiny bricks can support and encourage schools and teachers to make Stem more interesting in a learning environment. The idea is the kids are learning more about technology, science and engineering without really knowing they’re doing it.
Young children are naturally curious about the world around them. They mix water and dirt to create mud, ask whether plants eat food like people do, follow ants marching along a sidewalk crack, and wonder about everything they see. With help from adults, these early experiences are key to developing the important thinking and reasoning skills that children will later use to explore increasingly complex questions about how the world works.
Young children are born scientists. Every time they make mud, build a block tower, or examine a leaf, they are investigating how the world works and building critical-thinking skills. Parents and caregivers can play an important role in helping to encourage children’s scientific investigations. But little is known about parents’ comfort level in talking about and doing science with their children.