Toy robot Trobo introduces kids to STEM subjects

Part plush toy, part iPad app, Trobo blends cuddliness and science to answer the types of questions little kids think to ask. Trobo basically works in two parts. There's a plush toy -- a robot named Trobo, and then an iPad application featuring stories centered on STEM topics-- but that sounds a bit more serious than it is.

The Common Core Helps Close Achievement Gaps, Open Doors to STEM Jobs, New Fact Sheet from CAP and AAUW Illustrates

CAP and AAUW’s fact sheet notes that by establishing high-quality, uniform, and rigorous standards, the Common Core helps ensure that all students are taught to the same high expectations. The fact sheet looks at how the Common Core State Standards can impact and benefit girls and women starting from K-12, through higher education, and after college and beyond.

Is 'Leaning In' The Only Formula For Women's Success In Science?

Don't wait to be invited or encouraged to make a career in science, engineering or technology, Frances Arnold advises the young women she teaches at the California Institute of Technology. If you're a scientist, she says, you should know how to solve a problem. "Bemoaning your fate is not going to solve the problem," she says. "One has to move forward."

Maryland Unveils STEM Strategic Plan, Tools to Spark Innovation

The Maryland State Department of Education today announced a new strategic plan for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education and launched a new website designed to kindle innovation in classrooms throughout the State.

4 Reasons to Worry About the STEM Crisis in Education

US public schools are the primary conduit for producing students with the necessary skills in science, technology, engineering and math (or STEM) to be the next leaders in science and engineering. But with a widening shortage of graduates entering STEM fields, there are reasons to worry whether the US workforce will continue to be at the forefront of STEM technology in the future.

The Female Pioneers Who Changed STEM Forever

Twenty-year-old Rosalyn Sussman cut a steely, solitary figure in September 1941 as she started her doctorate in nuclear physics at the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana. “I was the first woman to have a graduate assistantship in physics there since 1917,” she recounted to biographer Eugene Straus.

University of Nebraska professors build STEM program geared toward youth

A group of University of Nebraska professors and researchers are working together to create new curriculum aimed toward exposing elementary-aged students to science, technology, engineering and math. Thanks to nearly $1 million of support from the National Science Foundation, the team will use wearable technology to teach fourth through sixth-grade students the importance of these disciplines.

Astronaut-turned-professor Massimino leads new STEM student recruitment

When mechanical engineering professor Michael Massimino was applying to colleges, he wanted more than just an education in engineering. Though he never planned to take classes in law, business, or journalism, he loved the idea of being surrounded by students who did. Thirty years—and two trips to space—later, Massimino, SEAS ’84, is working with Columbia’s admissions office to attract science and engineering students to the University who think just like he thought.

School Teaches Chinese To Help Students Learn Math

"One of the reasons that Chinese students have done well … in math is their language itself automatically breaks apart numbers into tens and ones," said Hite Chinese teacher Emily Smith. "We're having to teach kids to do that because our language doesn't do it automatically." Principal Tim Hagan called the Chinese system more "efficient" than English for getting students to visualize, understand and calculate numbers. He hopes that once students learn mathematical concepts in Chinese, they'll better understand math in English.

Global STEM Alliance Encourages Kids in Science

This fall, the New York Academy of Sciences launched an expanded program called the Global STEM Alliance, an international public-private partnership to address the disconnect between the paltry number of work-ready science and technology graduates and the vast needs of the world’s employers, present and future, to fill openings in STEM fields.

Deeper learning will drive educational, economic success of local workforce

Based on its review of outcomes from 13 schools that focus on deeper learning experiences, the study found students were more apt to have important interpersonal skills, such as the ability to work well with others. They were also 16 percent more likely to graduate from high school on time, and 19 percent more likely to attend four-year universities.

Women in tech: It's not just a pipeline problem

More than half of women (about 53%) who started out in the tech-intensive industry working in a business role immediately following completion of their MBA left to take a position in another industry, compared to 31 percent of men, according to the report prepared by Catalyst, a nonprofit group that promotes the advancement of women in the workplace "They are not leaving the workforce," said Anna Beninger, the director of research at Catalyst. "They are taking their talents elsewhere."

On-line STEM Sustainabilty Library

This on-line library of over 1700 juried articles and 300 videos was developed at James Madison University with NSF funding. The site provides resources for those researching or teaching sustainability across contexts.

Climate Change in the Classroom

The White House thinks it should be taught, and wants to hear from the public about such efforts as: programs to integrate best-available climate science into classrooms and visitor experiences; tools linked to climate information; internships, fellowships; "events and activities that engage students and educators in local climate solutions"; incentive prizes and sharing of best practices.

How Educators are Involving More Women in STEM

The number one reason girls and young women drop out of STEM education is a lack of role models and mentors. Teaching the history of women’s contributions to science and technology, from Marie Curie, to Sally Ride is an effective way to show girls that anything is possible. Showing how these women overcame gender discrimination, unequal pay, and lack of recognition to make groundbreaking discoveries can inspire girls to make their own contributions.


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