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The STEM You Don't See

May 27, 2016

The workplace looks different than it did 50 years ago. I’m sure you’ve noticed. Maybe they replaced your static building directory with a touch-enabled digital display directory or the lights in your copy room go off when no one’s using it. But there are likely other innovations that you haven’t noticed. Maybe your building’s water supplier switched to digital meters that better measure your usage to ensure your bill is accurate.

Tags: science, technology, engineering, math, video

New CTEq Report: We Can't Leave Americans' Technology and Engineering Literacy to Chance

May 24, 2016

When we in the United States get news that our students bring up the rear in international tests of academic performance, we often console ourselves with the belief that Americans are somehow different. We may not do well on tests, but we're practical problem solvers and innovators who all but invented the modern age.

Tags: technology, engineering, minorities, women & girls

STEMtistic on Display: Algebra II Doubles the Odds

May 19, 2016

If you're interested in increasing college readiness for all students, one way is to guarantee access to Algebra II courses during highschool. According to the National Math & Science Initiative, taking Algebra II in highschool makes students 50 percent more likely to finish college and earn four-year degrees.

Tags: math, STEMtistics, K-12, higher education

Games Like Minecraft Strengthen our Future Workforce

May 18, 2016

Throughout the U.S., STEM education advocates work tirelessly to expand quality coding initiatives, provide students with effective STEM mentors, and teach engineering and critical thinking skills. Markus Persson managed to create a video game that does all three as well as teach civic literacy by his 30th birthday! 

Tags: technology, engineering, jobs & workforce

The Bad News and Good News About Technology and Engineering Literacy

May 17, 2016

Some bad education news hit the airwaves today: millions of young people in the United States are not literate in engineering and technology, and that unsettling fact has real implications for the future of our nation. But there’s good news, too: the very fact that we can measure people’s tech and engineering literacy bodes well for the future of testing, and maybe even for the future of teaching.

Tags: technology, engineering, minorities, women & girls

Linda Rosen: From the Other Side of the Classroom

May 6, 2016

Let me turn the tables on Teacher Appreciation week for a moment to express appreciation to my students who challenged, delighted, inspired and ultimately helped me become a better high school math teacher. I remain humbled by my students who made me realize that I still had much to learn despite my degrees and accumulated experience.

Tags: teachers

Passion R Cheek: Pushing Beyond Your Possible

May 5, 2016

When I sat down to think about great teachers who impacted my life, one instantly came to mind. And maybe it’s because I never told her how much she impacted me when I still could.

Tags: teachers

Deborah Vandergrift: An Important Teacher

May 4, 2016

When I was in school, math was not my favorite subject.  While I stayed in the math honors track, I often struggled when learning concepts and sometimes dreaded math class.

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Buffy D Watts: Tribute to Sue P. Edwards

May 3, 2016

I want to send a special “Thank you” to Mrs. Sue P.  Edwards.  Mrs. Edwards was the high school teacher who inspired me most.   I met her niece, another student at the school, in one of my other classes.  Mrs. Edwards had sent her niece on a recruitment mission to find students interested in joining the school forensics (public speaking) team that she coached.  I think Mrs.

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