STEM

STEMscopes

As a comprehensive online STEM curriculum program, STEMscopes provides classrooms with hands-on inquiry and problem-based learning activities, such as interactive games and virtual science labs. It also gives teachers lesson plans and intervention tools. STEMscopes has a variety of student assessments, including multiple choice exams and open-ended response tests.

Oceanographer Ballard announces grant to eight R.I. schools

Oceanographer Robert Ballard announced a $500,000 state grant to extend his online learning project to eight additional public schools. Last year, the General Assembly awarded $500,000 to launch JASON Learning, a nonprofit founded by Ballard that teaches more than 2 million students annually in STEM subjects.

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Google in Education announces winners of Google Science Fair

The three winners of this year’s Google Science Fair are Viney Kumar (Australia) in the 13-14 age category, Ann Makosinski in the 15-16 age category, and Grand Prize winner Eric Chen (U.S.) in the age 17-18 category. The first two contestants came up with their own technology.

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Vacaville USD selects STEM advocate as board trustee

A former Genentech employee and U.S. Army linguist, Christopher Flask was appointed to the California district's governing board on a unanimous vote. He envisions creating a new magnet school that emphasizes STEM as a way to improve the nation's competitiveness in technology development.

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STEM: An evolving quandary

Not since the launch of Sputnik has there been such a national educational imperative, but STEM is proving to be every bit the driving force, and perhaps more so, behind what is taught in our school systems, from kindergarten through doctoral programs. Unfortunately the term has been so over-used by those inside and outside of academia that its true character and implications may never be fully understood.

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Zombies invade STEM in new online program

Zombies will be feeding the minds of STEM students using a new program created by Texas Instruments that blends science and math concepts with popular television shows and movies. The “STEM Behind Hollywood” program provides free teaching materials that also feature forensics, space, and superheroes.

Sesame Street widens its focus to include STEM

Simple ABCs and 123s? So old school. In the last four years, “Sesame Street” has set itself a much larger goal: teaching nature, math, science and engineering concepts and problem-solving to a preschool audience—with topics like how a pulley works or how to go about investigating what’s making Mr. Snuffleupagus sneeze.

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Guesses and hype give way to data in study of education

What works in science and math education? Until recently, there had been few solid answers—just guesses and hunches, marketing hype, and extrapolations from small pilot studies. But now, a little-known office in the DOE is starting to get some real data, using the randomized clinical trial method, in which groups of subjects are randomly assigned to get either an experimental therapy, the standard therapy, a placebo, or nothing.

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Christine Quinn proposes five all-girl tech schools

To close the gender gap in New York City science classrooms, City Council Speaker and mayoral hopeful Christine Quinn would create five new science schools exclusively for girls. Quinn unveiled her bold plan to boost female participation in STEM at a Monday press conference in Brooklyn Bridge Park.

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