New data: Inequities in K-12 science

October 27, 2016

This morning, The Nation's Report Card released good news. Since 2009, the nation's science scores rose in both fourth and eighth grades. Even more encouraging, black and Latino students gained on their peers, narrowing some of the gaps in student performance that have bedeviled education reformers for decades. Yet poor and minority students continue to lag far behind.

Tags: science, minorities

New Data: Good News for Computer Science and Engineering

October 25, 2016

The Great Recession put an exclamation point behind the message of STEM education advocates around the country. Amidst worsening unemployment and anxiety about an uncertain economic future, a credential in fields such as computer science and engineering promised stability and prosperity. CTEq’s new analysis of federal data on degrees and certificates awarded in the U.S. shows that Americans may have embraced this promise.

Tags: jobs & workforce, engineering, computer science

Is Any Good News about Girls and Computer Science Lurking Beneath All the Dismal Data?

October 24, 2016

There has been altogether too much bad news about girls and computer science in recent months. That said, there may be some good news hidden away from plain sight.

Tags: women & girls, computer science

Six STEMworks Programs Receive a Major Endorsement in Indiana

October 13, 2016

Indiana’s I-STEM Resource Center is recommending six different science curricula in STEMworks as districts across the state gear up to adopt new curricular materials for science in 2017.

Tags: STEMworks

Guest Blog: Manufacturing Day

October 7, 2016

Today is Manufacturing Day – a day set aside every year when the men and women who make the products that change the world, celebrate those who experiment, invent and create.  Although for me and my Dow colleagues, every day is manufacturing day.

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Top 5 Ways to Use Google Earth to Celebrate World Space Week

October 6, 2016

A Rocket Launched from Cape Canaveral in FloridaIf you’re looking for ways to celebrate World Space Week in the classroom and beyond, why not have a bit of fun with Google Earth?  In case you’ve been living under a rock, Google Earth is a digital globe simulation program that you can download for free. Take virtual tours of almost anywhere on Earth and even a few places that are out of this world.

Tags: Top 5, science

Mission Complete!

October 4, 2016

What could be more fitting for World Space Week (10/4-10/10) than to celebrate the successful touchdown on September 30th of the Rosetta spacecraft on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko! This accomplishment represented an enormous worldwide collaboration of 2,000 people, and it will continue over several decades through groundbreaking analyses on information collected during the mission.  

Tags: world space week, science

New hope for School and District Leaders in Search of Truly Effective Programs

September 27, 2016

School superintendents and principals get swamped by pitches from people selling curriculum, technology, professional development programs, and any number of other solutions to their schools’ challenges. Many don’t have the background to separate the wheat from the chaff. After all, they’re not education researchers. Often, educators have to go for the best-looking brochure, and so their students don’t really benefit from the growing body of research about what is mostly likely to work in schools.

Tags: STEMworks

The Moment We've All Been Waiting For

September 21, 2016

Four years of anticipation swept the nation’s capital and culminates this weekend at the unveiling of the National Mall’s newest addition. The National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) opens to the public officially this Saturday September 24, 2016 at 1:00 pm.  And if you’re looking for something to do this weekend, Grand Opening activities begin on Friday with the Freedom Sounds festival and continue through Sunday.

Can virtual reality transform US high schools?

September 15, 2016

Ten high schools have just received $10 million each in an ambitious project to reinvent high school. One of those schools, a public charter school in Washington, DC, aims to create technologies that transform how students experience science. If this approach works, it will address a glaring need in US schools.

Tags: science, technology


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